The Nightingale

Jennifer Kent’s feature film debut, The Babadook, won over critics and cinephiles alike with its effective exploration of depression and the isolation of parenting. Her newest film, The Nightingale, is a revenge thriller period piece that turns the horror outwards — not at fictional monsters, but real ones.

IFC Midnight has released a new trailer for The Nightingale in anticipation of its August 2 release. The film has been making the festival rounds, winning the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival and garnering favor in the form of positive reviews.

The (somewhat lengthy) synopsis, as shared by SlashFilm:
Set during the colonization of Australia in 1825, the film follows Clare (AISLING FRANCIOSI), a 21-year-old Irish convict. Having served her 7-year sentence, she 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 (MICHAEL SHEASBY) retaliates and she becomes the victim of a harrowing crime at the hands of the lieutenant and his cronies.

When British authorities fail to deliver justice, Clare decides to pursue Hawkins, who leaves his post suddenly to secure a captaincy up north. Unable to find compatriots for her journey, she is forced to enlist the help of a young Aboriginal tracker Billy (BAYKALI GANAMBARR) who grudgingly takes her through the rugged wilderness to track down Hawkins.

The terrain and the prevailing hostilities are frightening, as fighting between the original inhabitants of the land and its colonizers plays out in what is now known as ‘The Black War.’ Clare and Billy are hostile towards each other from the outset, both suffering their own traumas and mutual distrust, but as their journey leads them deeper into the wilderness, they must learn to find empathy for one another, while weighing the true cost of revenge.

Check out the trailer (and beautiful new poster) below.

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