The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

The Nightingale

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From IFC Films and The Babadook‘s Jennifer Kent comes the bold and stylish new revenge thriller The Nightingale.

Set during the colonization of Australia in 1825, the film follows Clare (Aisling Franciosi), a 21-year-old Irish convict. Despite having served her 7-year sentence, her abusive master refuses to release her from his charge. After her husband Aidan (Michael Sheasby) stages a retaliation, Clare becomes the victim of a harrowing crime at the hands of her master and his cronies, leading her to enlist the help of a young Aboriginal tracker Billy (Baykali Ganambarr) to lead her through the rugged wilderness to exact her revenge. 

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2018 Venice Film Festival, Kent’s second feature builds on the promise of The Babadook and heralds the arrival of a formidable new voice in international genre cinema.

“It’s a breathtaking success by a director who could have made anything after the success of her first horror feature, and who decided to make a bloody but contemplative period piece with no easy answers.” — Meredith Borders, Bloody Disgusting

“Kent’s elemental revenge tale attains a near-mythic grandeur over the course of its arduous, ravishing trek.” — Guy Lodge, Variety

“If you’re disgusted, horrified or upset by anything in The Nightingale, then Kent has done her job. Using a traditional revenge movie template as her jumping off point, she reminds us that we can have no catharsis for the horrors of the past.” — Alistair Ryder, Film Inquiry