Australian filmmaker Jennifer Kent is heading to the Sundance Film Festival with The Nightingale, the followup to her indie smash The Babadook that was just acquired by IFC Films for release this summer, writes Variety.
The deal is for U.S. rights and comes after The Nightingale won the Special Jury Prize at the 2018 Venice International Film Festival.
“Set in Tasmania in 1825, The Nightingale follows a 21-year-old Irish female convict (Aisling Franciosi) who witnesses the brutal murder of her husband and baby by her soldier master and his cronies. Unable to find justice, she takes an Aboriginal male tracker with her through the hellish wilderness to seek revenge on the men.”
“The film is a study on violence and what a violent mind and therefore a violent society can do to damage the human spirit,” Kent told Variety. “It’s about how we can evolve through and beyond that violence. For me ‘The Nightingale’ is about love — not in a schmaltzy way — but its power to allow us to evolve as human beings.”
The cast also includes Sam Claflin, Damon Herriman, Ewen Leslie, Harry Greenwood, Baykali Ganambarr and Magnolia Maymuru.
Kent both wrote the script and directed.