Feb052015
New “Stockholm, Pennsylvania” Portraits – Sundance 2015

I have added 3 new portraits of Saoirse for “Stockholm, Pennsylvania” at the AFCI Beyond Cinema Studio at Sundance 2015. Enjoy!

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Feb052015
[Video] Saoirse Talks ‘Stockholm, Pennsylvania’, ‘Brooklyn’, and More at Sundance

Saoirse Ronan Time Index:

  • 0:24 – On how she got involved with Stockholm, Pennsylvania and what the film is about.

  • 1:58 – Ronan discusses the factors that played into her decision to take the part.

  • 2:56 – What is it like having two films at Sundance (the other one beingBrooklyn)?

  • 4:40 – Talks a bit about writer/director Nikole Beckwith’s script for Stockholm.

  • 6:29 – On the questions people ask her most when they meet her.

  • 7:31 – Discusses Grand Budapest Hotel and the remarkable awards attention it’s been getting.

  • 8:38 – What are her future plans?

  • 9:11 – On her plans for turning 21.

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Feb042015
‘Lost River’ to Premiere at the SXSW Film Festival 2015

The festival will take place in Austin, Texas on March 13-21.

Acclaimed standouts & selected previous premieres from festivals around the world.

Lost River
Director/Screenwriter: Ryan Gosling
A family tries to hold on to their home in the ruins of a disappearing city. Cast: Christina Hendricks, Iain De Caestecker, Saoirse Ronan, Matt Smith, Reda Kateb, Barbara Stele, Eva Mendes, Ben Mendelsohn. (U.S. Premiere)

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Feb042015
‘Lost River’ Official Trailer & Poster

Make sure to check the official site and pages of the movie lostrivermovie.com.

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Feb042015
Interview Magazine: Saoirse’s First Sundance

“I think Sundance is one of my favorite festivals to go to even though it’s manic,” says Irish actress Saoirse Ronan. “It has more of the atmosphere of what it’s like on a film set—it’s not glamorous, there are no big, glitzy premieres, we’re all dressing the way we’d dress if we were going to work,” she continues. “I think it’s good for people who aren’t in the industry to see that all that stuff on the red carpet is such a small part.”

This year marks Saoirse’s first time at the festival, and she’s hardly slacking. The 20-year-old is promoting two very different films, both of which have already sold to distributors. In Stockholm, Pennsylvania, Ronan plays a young woman who was kidnapped and imprisoned for the majority of her life; in Brooklyn, the Oscar-nominated actress is Eilis Lacey, an Irish girl who, struggling to establish an identity for herself in her hometown, decides to immigrate to New York.

While both films were well reviewed at the Sundance,Brooklyn received a standing ovation. An epic bildungsroman, the film is sentimental without being sickly sweet. It isn’t until Eilis opens at drawer and the audience collectively gasps that you realize how enraptured you are.

Directed by John Crowley, with a script adapted from Colm Tóibín’s book by Nick Hornby, Brooklyn co-stars Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent. Domhnall Gleeson (Unbroken) and Emory Cohen (A Place Beyond the Pines) play the two men Eilis must choose between.

EMMA BROWN: I know you don’t like to watch your films. Have you ever watched one?

SAOIRSE RONAN: I have done, I just never get anything out of it. Apart from The Grand Budapest Hotel, just because that was so much of Wes and there was so much that I wasn’t in. With Brooklyn, I made the decision as soon as I made it that it’s just too close to home for me to sit down and watch. I would have been a mess. I sent my mum in instead and she was a mess.  [laughs] But it was great; it was lovely having her here. She’d gone through that—it was her journey too.

BROWN: Oh, really?
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Jan302015
New Interview of Saoirse with RogerEbert.com

The poised, gifted Irish actress Saoirse Ronan took hold in larger public consciousness with her brilliant turn as the fanciful and tormented young fabricator Briony in Joe Wright’s excellent 2007 adaptation of Ian McEwan’s “Atonement.”

The precocious 13-year-old earned a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her judicious and sharp turn. She promptly launched a promising and highly unpredictable career that has shrewdly moved between intimate art house titles and larger budgeted works with leading directors such as Peter Jackson (“The Lovely Bones”), Wes Anderson (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”) and Wright (“Hanna”).

The 20-year-old actress continues to impress with two first-rate performances in two radically different works that each had world premieres at Sundance. She plays a young Irish émigré in “Brooklyn,” John Crowley’s emotionally buoyant and highly accomplished adaptation of Irish novelist Colm Tóibín’s 2009 novel of the same name.

Ronan also stars in Nikole Beckwith’s “Stockholm, Pennsylvania,” playing in the festival’s dramatic competition.

Set in 1952, “Brooklyn” explores the emotional and social repercussions of exile and loss in telling the story of Eilis Lacey (Ronan), a young woman of restricted opportunities who leaves her coastal Irish village for New York. In her expressive and highly tactile performance, Ronan suffuses the part with grace, toughness and a wounded pride as she oscillates between desire and freedom, sacrifice and hope.

In an interview, Ronan talked about her emotional connection to the material, her family’s own experiences as émigrés, her creative background and a career that shows no limitations.

You were actually born in the Bronx, but your family returned to Ireland when you were a young child. The material of “Brooklyn” must have resonated very deeply with you.

SAOIRSE RONAN: I was three and a half when we moved back. This movie is really my mother and father’s story. They made the journey over to America in the 1980s. They struggled and it was hard, and there were times they were doing well with work and there were times they were broke. My mom, Monica Ronan, worked as a nanny, and she really wanted to stick it out. She’s a very independent and strong woman. New York really made her who she was.
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Jan302015
Saoirse’s Interview with Huffington Post

Saoirse Ronan speaks with a lovely lullaby accent and is up for talking about pretty much anything — how she used to think L.A. was “kind of shit,” how she doesn’t want to play the teenager who hasn’t been kissed or lost her virginity because she’s past those points in her life, and how “In America” is one of her favorite films.

But what she wants to talk about most is being Irish. Ronan had two films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, including “Brooklyn.” In the romance, she plays a young Irish immigrant who journeys to New York in the 1950s in search of a brighter future. Ronan’s character navigates her first love, homesickness and learning to fit in when she is very much an outsider. A sudden return to Ireland briefly sets her whole plan off track. The film garnered so much attention at the festival that it became one of this year’s top purchases — Fox Searchlight bought it for $9 million.

“I was waiting for the right Irish project to come along with the right Irish character,” she told HuffPost Entertainment in Park City. “I didn’t want it to be the stereotypical Irish film. I’ve been offered a few of those and I haven’t felt like they were special enough.”

The film is an adaptation of a book — something Ronan seems to gravitate toward — and was written for the screen by Nick Hornby, who is considered one of Hollywood’s best writers. Ronan credits him with making “Brooklyn” truly special. So special, in fact, that she was signed on to star a year before they even began shooting.

Ronan’s respect for Hornby is evident. “He’s an English writer and didn’t grow up in Ireland,” she said. “But he was able to capture the Irish spirit so perfectly and so beautifully. He made it nuanced and full of ease.”

“Brooklyn” is a real story that has layers to it, she said. “It wasn’t fucking set on a farm and it wasn’t about the troubles in the North. We’ve seen that; we’ve done that.”
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Jan302015
[Interview] ‘Brooklyn’ Captures the Spirit of Ireland

Jan302015
[Video] NY Times: Sundance in Slow-Mo

Jan302015
[Video] Saoirse Quoting her Favorite Movie