Aisling Franciosi on the Violence of ‘The Nightingale’ and Looking Back on ‘Game of Thrones’

Collider | 2/19/2019 | Helen Barlow
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Do you remember rising star Aisling Franciosi in Game of Thrones? You won’t forget her in The Nightingale. Two other European women are shooting to stardom as well in the Berlinale’s Shooting Stars programme.

Each year the Berlin Film Festival’s Shooting Stars programme highlights major upcoming European acting talent and one would have to say that Irish actress Ailing Franciosi’s star is truly on the rise. Norway’s Ine Marie Wilmann, who played Norwegian ice skater and 1930s Hollywood star Sonja Henie in Sundance entry Sonja: The White Swan, is also on a career high, while Germany’s impishly vivacious Emma Drogunova is thriving on home turf.

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Franciosi, the vivacious 26 year-old Irish star of Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale, is now based in New York and is exploring new movie offers. Mostly she has been busy promoting her Australian film, which has engendered strong reactions because of its graphic depiction of the violence of the British military against women and the Aboriginal population in 1825, during the days of the penal colony in Tasmania, then called Van Diemen’s Land.

COLLIDER: In Venice an Italian journalist railed against the violence at the film’s press conference and at the Sundance screening I attended a guy had a seizure.

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AISLING FRANCIOSI: He actually said he’d had seizures in the past and it wasn’t because of what happened in the movie. That was what was going around the Festival: Jennifer Kent’s film was so intense that it causes seizures. My attitude is, whatever. He’s fine first and foremost.

How was your experience watching the film?

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AISLING FRANCIOSI: I’ve seen it three times and it changes each time I see it. The first time I was in a private screening and like most actors I was tearing my performance apart, but I felt I’d done a good enough job. At the world premiere...
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