While it didn’t make quite the splash as her other films like “Una” and “Lion” on this year’s festival circuit, Rooney Mara had a third drama in rotation with TIFF world premiere “The Secret Scripture.” The drama, based on the 2008 novel by Sebastian Barry, comes from Jim Sheridan, who has six Oscar nominations to his name thanks to the likes of “My Left Foot,” “In The Name Of The Father” and “In America.” Like those films, “Scripture” finds its characters wrestling with their identities while facing some form of persecution.
The story centers around Roseanne McNulty, played by Vanessa Redgrave as an elderly woman who has spent 50 years of her life in an Irish mental institution. She begins a dialogue with Dr. William Grene (Eric Bana) that takes the viewer into Roseanne’s past. As a young woman (now played by Mara), Roseanne found herself in a love triangle between a fighter pilot (Jack Reynor) and a local priest (Theo James) that had dire consequences for all of their lives.
Mara predictably looks fantastic in a period setting, but the international trailer really showcases Mikhail Krichman’s breathtaking cinematography. “The Secret Scripture” is still seeking U.S. distribution. Watch the trailer below.