Podtalk: Aisling Franciosi at 7th Chicago Critics Film Festival

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CHICAGO – The discovery of rising stars is among the many things the Chicago Critics Film Festival (CCFF) does best, and that continued on May 19th, 2019, at the 7th annual fest. Aisling Franciosi is the lead actress of “The Nightingale,” a new film from Jennifer Kent (“The Babadook”), and she appeared on behalf of the film.

“The Nightingale” is a meditation on the consequences of violence and the price of seeking vengeance. Set during the colonization of Australia in 1825, the film follows Clare (Aisling Franciosi), a 21-year-old Irish convict. Having served her sentence, she is desperate to be free of her abusive master, Lieutenant Hawkins (Sam Clafin), who refuses to release her from his charge. Clare’s husband Aidan (Michael Sheasby) retaliates and she then becomes the victim of a unspeakable and graphically depicted crime at the hands of the lieutenant and his cronies.

Aisling Franciosi at the 7th Chicago Critics Film Festival
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

When British authorities fail to deliver justice, Clare decides to pursue Hawkins, who leaves his post suddenly to secure a promotion up north. Unable to find compatriots for her journey, she is forced to enlist the help of a young Aboriginal tracker Billy (Baykali Ganambarr) who grudgingly takes her through the rugged wilderness to track down Hawkins and seek vengence. The film opens for general release on August 2nd, 2019. Check local listings for theaters and show times.

Aisling Franciosi is stunning as Clare, projecting the range of emotions the character suffers with authentic and complete intuition. The 25-year-old actor makes her major film debut after a series of appearances in TV series like TNT’s “Legends” and BBC’s “The Fall,” as well as a role in HBO’s “Game of Thrones” as Lyanna Stark. HollywoodChicago.com talked to Ms. Franciosi in anticipation of the release of “The Nightingale, and photographer Joe Arce took the Exclusive Photo.

In part of a Podtalk with Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com, Aisling Franciosi reflects on how the role of Clare allowed her to dive into emotions she with which she wasn’t as familiar. The full interview will be published at the film’s release.

The 7th Chicago Critics Film Festival runs from May 17th through May 23rd, 2019, at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 North Southport, Chicago. For the CCFF website, click here.

HollywoodChicago.com senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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© 2019 Patrick McDonald, HollywoodChicago.com

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