Director: Peter Weir
Writers: Keith R. Clarke, Peter Weir, Slavomir Rawicz(novel)
Other Cast: Colin Farrell, Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris
Release Date: 21 January 2011
Runtime: 133 min
A fact-based story centered on soldiers who escaped from a Siberian gulag in 1940.
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Trivia & Facts
· Saoirse Ronan (Irena) celebrated her 16th birthday on the set of this shoot.
· Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess and Saoirse Ronan got food poisoned in the desert.
Quotes from the character
Quotes from Saoirse
“The toughest part for me though was when I got food poisoning and felt horrific. It was 45 degrees and I’m trying to film this sleepwalking scene, which was all serene and beautiful, and I could feel this terrible, awful pain in my stomach. That was easily the toughest day for me on set. It was awful.”
“There’s one scene where I have to run across an ice-sheet on a river which was actually fake ice they had made,” “It was a little scary, not to mention freezing cold and wet but I just got into it and threw in a few slips and falls for good measure. It was really good fun.”
Quotes from Cast & Crew
“She’s a phenomenal actor. It’s just in her,” “She’s really smart and really lovely with it.”
- Colin Farrell
“Saoirse’s so well able to look after herself. She’s so bright and so good and so talented.”
- Colin Farrell
“Sturgess, Harris and Farrell deliver strong performances, while Ronan once again demonstrates emotional depth beyond her tender years in a vivid supporting role.” – Coventry Telegraph
Awards & Nominations
Irish Film and Television Awards: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Feature Film Won
London Critics Circle Film Awards: British Supporting Actress of the Year Nominated