Tuesday 21 October 2014

Saoirse Ronan tops the Bill at Berlin film festival

Published 07/02/2014 | 02:30

Lea Seydoux, Bill Murray and Saoirse Ronan attend 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Premiere during the 64th Berlinale International Film Festival at Berlinale Palast. Getty Images
Lea Seydoux, Bill Murray and Saoirse Ronan attend 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Premiere during the 64th Berlinale International Film Festival at Berlinale Palast. Getty Images
Lea Seydoux, Bill Murray and Saoirse Ronan attend 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Premiere during the 64th Berlinale International Film Festival at Berlinale Palast. Getty Images
Lea Seydoux, Bill Murray and Saoirse Ronan attend 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Premiere during the 64th Berlinale International Film Festival at Berlinale Palast. Getty Images
Toni Garrn attends 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Premiere and opening ceremony. Getty Images
Toni Garrn attends 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Premiere and opening ceremony. Getty Images

Saoirse Ronan sparkled on the red carpet alongside her A-list co-stars to kick off the 64th Berlinale International Film Festival.

The Carlow teenager joined 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' cast yesterday in Berlin to attend a screening of director Wes Anderson's new film.

'The Grand Budapest Hotel', set in the 1920s, tells the story of Gustave H, played by Ralph Fiennes, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars.

The tale involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting; a raging battle for an enormous family fortune; and a desperate chase on motorcycles, trains, sleds, and skis.

Reuniting with her on-screen peers in Germany, heavyweights Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe and Edward Norton, Ronan showed that she is just as much a bankable, respected artist on the silver screen.

The 19-year-old looked at ease as she rubbed shoulders with some of the legendary greats of the industry to help promote their new film, wearing an elegant baby blue blouse with tailored trousers and black brogues.

'The Grand Budapest Hotel' is one of 20 competition entries, 18 of which are world premieres, at this year's Berlinale International Film Festival.

The eight-member jury led by James Schamus, the producer of 'Brokeback Mountain', will award the festival's Golden Bear for Best Film on February 15.

Other entries include Richard Linklater's decade-in-the-making 'Boyhood' with Ethan Hawke, 'Two Men in Town' with Forest Whitaker and Harvey Keitel and 'Aloft', starring Cillian Murphy. The Irish made '71' featuring 'Love/Hate' actors Killian Scott and Charlie Murphy, which focuses on soldier Jack O'Connell in 1971 Belfast, is also taking part in the 2014 programme.

Irish Independent

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