Olsen Sister’s ‘Silent House’ and ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’ Hit Sundance

Not so much Mary-Kate… Not so much Ashley… Elizabeth “Lizzie” Olsen, the Olsen twins’ younger sister, is starring in two new films Silent House and Martha Marcy May Marlene. Both films will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The films have spotlight Olsen as a breakout star who performs with great depth and complexity. 

The horror film Silent House features Olsen through a single camera as she plays the role of a girl who is driven to madness and hysteria as she is trapped in a nightmare.

Filming for the dark thriller was intense for the actress, production crew and filmmakers Chris Kentis and Laura Lau who also shot the single camera thriller Open Water.

“By the end of the day, you’d have given all you can every time … it was exhausting,” the 21-year-old actress said. “I had lots and lots of migraines and sinus infections from breathing in snot. It was just really exhausting.”

Olsen has been receiving rave reviews for Silent House and for her other independent film Martha Marcy May Marlene, a story about a girl who escapes from a brainwashing, abusive cult to live with her older sister. She becomes isolated, disconnected and panic-stricken, convinced that she is being hunted.

The 2011 Sundance Film Festival’s “It” girl is a senior at NYU’s Film School, and she told MSN,  ”I have acted, but at school, training, and reportories. I started auditioning a year ago.”

Among the high praise and recognition for these two films, Olsen has already been cast for her next on-screen performance. She will star alongside Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro and Cillian Murphy in Red Lights, a paranormal-activity thriller directed by Buried‘s Rodrigo Cortes.

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