A couple of small but key films have set North American distributors and dates. Firstly, IFC Films has set an August 2nd U.S. release date for “The Babadook” director Jennifer Kent’s second feature “The Nightingale”.
Screened both in Venice and Adelaide last year and again at Sundance in January, the 1825 Tasmania-set story follows a young remake Irish convict (Aisling Franciosi) who enlists the help of an Aboriginal tracker (Baykali Ganambarr) to chase the abusive Lieutenant Hawkins (Sam Claflin) through the island’s wilderness following his brutal attack on her family.
Next, Cleopatra Entertainment has secured the U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to James Franco’s indie drama “The Pretenders” penned by Josh Boone and starring Jack Kilmer, Jane Levy, Shameik Moore, Brian Cox, Dennis Quaid, Juno Temple and Franco himself.
The story follows a French New Wave-obsessed film student who finds his muse in a mysterious and beguiling actress. The plan is to release the film in cinemas this summer before its VOD roll-out mid to late summer, and a home entertainment release for the Fall.
Freestyle Digital Media has scored domestic rights to Marcia Klimpton’s Thailand-set “Bardo Blues” based on the semi-autobiographical story of her mentally ill brother. The film follows Jack (Stephen McClintic) as he struggles to learn the truth about the mother that abandoned him and his own reason for existing. It hits theaters and on digital May 3rd during Mental Illness Awareness Month.
Vertical Entertainment has acquired North American distribution rights to Paul Hyett’s horror film “The Convent” starring Michael Ironside and Rosie Day. Set during the 17th century, a young woman is saved from execution and led to a priory to repent her sins but discovers a greater evil lies within. No date is yet set.
Finally, STXfilms has secured the North American distribution rights to the latest film adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s family tale “The Secret Garden” starring Colin Firth, Julie Walters, and Dixie Egerickx. This take is set in a new time period in 1947 England, on the eve of Partition in India and in the aftermath of WW2 in Britain. No date has yet been set beyond a 2019 release.