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Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan

Top Irish actress Saoirse Ronan will be a busy lady for the next few weeks as she has two movies premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah at the end of the month.

Her new flick, Stockholm, Philadelphia, will see the young star tackle a delicate role.

She plays a kidnapping victim who is reunited with the family she barely remembers after 19 years.

Cynthia Nixon, of Sex and the City fame, plays the girl's grief-stricken mother who goes to extreme lengths to recapture her daughter's love.

However, Ronan's character longs for the life she remembers and the man who raised her and struggles to feel at home with her family who she hasn't seen in almost two decades.

This lack of belonging forces her mother to work harder than ever to reconnect with her daughter.

Jason Isaacs plays her captor and David Warshofsky plays her father.

The story features eerie parallels to the story of three Cleveland women who were held captive for 10 years and reunited with their families last May.

PRESTIGIOUS

The movie has a history at the prestigious festival as the script was developed in the Sundance Screenwriting Lab and was voted on to the 2012 Black List and named a finalist for the Motion Picture Academy's 2012 Nicholl Fellowship.

Meanwhile, Irish film Brooklyn starring 20-year-old Ronan and fellow Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson (31) is also set to have its world premiere at Sundance, which takes place from January 22.

The film is the highly anticipated adaptation of Colm Toibin's novel of the same name.

They won't be the only Irish contingent in Utah as Kerry director Gerard Barrett will be taking his new film Glassland to the festival.

Starring Jack Reynor, Toni Colette and Will Poulter, it tells the story of a young man trying to cope with an alcoholic mother in Tallaght.

"It's such an honour and privilege to take this film to the Sundance Film Festival," Barrett said.

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