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The Nightingale

STArts Friday, August 23

The new film from Jennifer Kent, acclaimed director of the modern-day horror classic The Babadook, is a merciless revenge thriller following one woman’s journey into the heart of darkness.

“Mythic and gripping. A historical revenge tale of shattering beauty.”  -Guy Lodge, Variety

One night in 1820s Tasmania, Clare (Aisling Franciosi, Game of Thrones), a young Irish convict, loses everything she holds dear after her family is horrifically attacked. She’s immediately driven to track down and seek revenge against the British officer who oversaw the horror, so she enlists the service of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy. Marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past, Billy reluctantly agrees to take her through the interior of Tasmania. On this brutal quest for blood, Clare gets much more than she bargained for. The Nightingale is a brutal ride through the unforgiving land of 19th-century Tasmania, a time when British colonists nearly decimated Aboriginal Tasmanians. With horrors lurking around every corner, Jennifer Kent’s new nightmare is equally epic, traumatizing and unexpected – a majestic achievement most striking in its haunting moments of grace (Dir. by Jennifer Kent, 2019, Australia, in English/Scottish/Gaelic/Aboriginal with English subtitles, 136 mins., Rated R / Contains graphic violence)

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