“It’s called ‘Silent House’,” but the film’s even bigger buzz is around the actress who plays that terrified girl – Elizabeth Olsen – and she is quickly turning into Sundance’s breakout star.
Around this time last year, Elizabeth Olsen was known — if she was know at all — as the younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley. She was enrolled in NYU’s theatre program and had been auditioning for Broadway and Off-Broadway plays. But she’d made the conscious decision to avoid the career arc — filled with Hollywood highs and tabloid lows — of her sisters.
Only last January did she begin actively seeking out movie work. Now here she is at the Sundance Film Festival, about to achieve breakout status based on her two new films, “Silent House” and “Martha Marcy May Marlene.” It’s been a long time coming for the 21-year-old, but it was worth the wait if it meant not being exposed to the same spotlight that Mary-Kate and Ashley were as pre-teen stars.
She added: “Everyone in my family is very different from each other, and support one another’s choices.”
It seems that Olsen didn’t really want the path of her more famous twin sisters, who’ve been in the public spotlight since they were babies and on “Full House.” (Ok, am I the only one who finds it funny that Olsen’s first film to be seen is “Silent House”?)
Filmmakers Chris Kentis and Laura Lau - who shot the single camera thriller "Open Water" a few years back - shot “Silent House” in 5 weeks in New Rochelle, based on a Uruguayan movie of the same name. It was technically very challenging, since every shot was long and involved a long list of production staff and actors working together and correctly to maintain the shot.