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Elizabeth Olsen with actress Sarah Paulson at the festival

Elizabeth Olsen with actress Sarah Paulson at the festival

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

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Elizabeth Olsen with actress Sarah Paulson at the festival

The younger sister of twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen is breaking into showbiz with two buzzed-about films at the Sundance Film Festival.

Elizabeth Olsen (21) stars in 'Silent House', directed by the filmmakers who made the 2004 indie hit 'Open Water'.

Based on a film from Uruguay called 'La Casa Muda', 'Silent House' is one continuous take as Olsen's character begins to suspect her summer house may be haunted. Olsen compares shooting the film to theatre, which she started doing as a child.

"When I was auditioning, I was like, 'Just so you know I'm used to the medium of theatre, so, like, I can stand on my feet for this long'," she laughs.

Olsen's other film at Sundance is 'Martha Marcy May Marlene', in which she plays a young women trying to readjust to life after escaping from a cult.

Olsen credited her producers for taking the risk of casting an unknown in a lead role. "(It) made my year," she said.

Irish Independent