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MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE sweeps the festival circuit

Elizabeth Olsen, aka the younger sister of the Olsen twins, may be poised to upstage her famous older sisters with a performance in MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE that critics are calling “a tour de force, full of depth and complexity.” It’s kind of amazing that her first film credit, one of the Olsen twins’ childhood capers, HOW THE WEST WAS FUN, was made less than ten years ago. In the meantime, she graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School, and now she’s back at the tender age of 22 to show us what she’s got.

But Olsen isn’t the only fresh new face in MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE. First time feature-length director Sean Durkin won the Directing Award at Sundance this year, and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. His film is currently making the festival rounds in New York and Toronto, where he’ll no doubt pick up a few more accolades. Also starring John Hawkes as the cult leader Olsen’s character is desperate to flee from, as well as Hugh Dancy and Sarah Paulson, MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE opens in wide release next Friday, October 21st.