Wildcard Distribution has acquired the Irish rights Irish/Australian co-production Strangerland, and will release the film in Irish cinemas on February 5th.

Strangerland tells the story of Catherine and Matthew Parker, whose two teenage kids disappear into the remote Australian desert, and sees the couple’s relationship is pushed to the brink as they confront the mystery of their children’s fate.

The film is directed by Kim Farrant, and stars Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes, Hugo Weaving, Lisa Flanagan, Meyne Wyatt, and Maddison Brown. Irish writer Michael Kinirons co-wrote the script with Fiona Seres.

Strangerland premiered in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the Sundance festival, where it is drawing good notices for the work of Irish cinematographer PJ Dillon. It went on to premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh, before playing the Cork Film Festival this year. It is produced by Macdara Kelleher for Fastnet Films, with funding from the Irish Film Board.

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