After playing at places like the Venice Film Festival last year and the Sundance Film Festival this year, it was fair to wonder when “The Nightingale” would be hitting theaters. Jennifer Kent‘s follow-up to “The Babadook” has been met with solid reviews, including our own take right here on the site. Now, we’ve actually learned when it will be coming to general release. Folks, it’s officially a 2019 release.
The Hollywood Reporter has the goods, revealing that IFC Films has decided to put the movie out in August of this year. Specifically, August 2nd will be when it’s in theaters. Kent writes and directs this period drama/thriller, with a cast that includes Sam Claflin, Aisling Franciosi, and Baykali Ganambarr.
Here’s a bit from the article:
IFC Films has set a Aug. 2 release for Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale.
The period feature follows Clare, played by Game of Thrones actor Aisling Franciosi, a 21-year-old Irish convict in 1820s Tasmania, who, having served her seven-year sentence, is desperate to be free of her abusive master, Lieutenant Hawkins (Sam Claflin), who refuses to release her from his charge. Clare’s husband, Aidan, retaliates and she becomes the victim of a harrowing crime at the hands of the lieutenant and his cronies.
Unable to secure justice from the British authorities, Clare decides to pursue Hawkins, who leaves his post suddenly to secure a captaincy up north. She is forced to enlist the help of a young Aboriginal tracker, Billy (newcomer Baykali Ganambarr), who grudgingly takes her through the rugged wilderness to track down Hawkins.
Kent is one of the most exciting new filmmakers out there. The sooner audiences can see “The Nightingale,” the better.