Sundance Winner “The Birth of a Nation” Gets Fall Nationwide Release Date

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Fox Searchlight has set a fall release date for The Birth of a Nation, Nate Parker’s Sundance prize-winning drama about slave-turned-rebel leader Nat Turner.

The film will open nationwide Oct. 7, the same frame that has launched awards hopefuls such as GravityThe Social Network, and The Ides of March in the past.

Parker wrote, directed, produced, and stars in Birth of a Nation, which deliberately takes its title from D.W. Griffith’s influential but still controversial 1915 silent film lionizing the Ku Klux Klan. Parker’s movie traces Turner’s growing up on a Virginia plantation in the early 1800s, his time preaching the gospel to fellow slaves, and his eventual mounting of a violent uprising. The cast also includes Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, and Jackie Earle Haley.

Searchlight acquired Parker’s film for $17.5 million, a Sundance record, after it won the festival’s Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award last month.

Birth of a Nation is currently scheduled to open against The Girl on the Train, Gambit, The Accountant, and Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life.

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly – Oliver Gettell