Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale has been acquired by IFC Films ahead of its North American premiere later this month in the Spotlight section at the Sundance Film Festival. The pic is coming off a Special Jury Prize from its world premiere in Venice, where Kent was the lone female director in the competition lineup. A summer 2019 release is planned by IFC, which also released the Australian writer-director’s 2014 horror hit The Babadook. The plot of Nightingale centers on a a 21-year-old Irish convict (Aisling Franciosi) in 1820s Tasmania who goes on a harrowing mission to avenge a crime perpetrated by her abusive master (Sam Claflin). Baykali Ganambarr and Michael Sheasby co-star. Variety reported this news first this morning.