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No Cannes do as Saoirse stuck on set for Gosling premiere

HER film with Ryan Gosling will enjoy its world premiere this week at the 67th Cannes International Film Festival but Saoirse Ronan will be absent from the red carpet.

The 20-year-old Irish actress is currently completing the final days of production on the silver screen adaptation of Colm Toibin’s book Brooklyn in Canada.

Principle photography began in Co Wexford in March and moved to Montreal mid-April.

With such a tight schedule to capture scenes for the 1950s drama, Carlow native Saoirse (inset) is unable to jet over to the South of France for a major screening of Lost River, previously called How To Catch A Monster, this week.

She shot the thriller, which is The Notebook star Ryan’s directorial debut, last year alongside Hollywood A-listers Eva Mendes, Matt Smith and Christina Hendricks.

The Irish have been making waves in Cannes this year and a string of productions have been snapped up for international distribution at Le Marche du Film, which runs alongside the festival.

KIDNAPPED

Yesterday, the rights to director Lenny Abrahamson’s Room as well as actress Antonia Campbell Hughes’ The Canal were sold.

Room is a movie version of author Emma Donoghue’s 2010 novel and was picked up by A24 Films following its premiere on Sunday night.

It will begin shooting in the autumn and American beauty Brie Larson has so far come on board to lead the cast.

It tells the story of five-year-old boy Jack, who, along with his mother, is being held captive in a single, small room by man who kidnapped her when she was a teenager.

Lenny’s other project Frank has been garnering a lot of attention at the festival. It is expected to be scooped up by buyers before the closing ceremony this Sunday.

Frank features Oscar nominated Michael Fassbender team up with Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhnall Gleeson on screen.

Meanwhile, Antonia’s flick The Canal has recorded deals with Benelux, Singapore, Malaysia and China.

Jinga Films closed the deals for the psychological horror, which was shown to audiences yesterday. Derry-born Antonia (31) is another not at Cannes as she is currently in Romania working on DxM, a science-fiction project.

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