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The Babadook

Six years after her husband’s death, which coincided with the birth of their child, Amelia is struggling to raise her son, Samuel. When a book entitled “Mister Babadook” appears among Samuel’s possessions, it portends a chilling, spectral descent into fear and paranoia.
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June 6, 2014
Friday
11:55 PM SIFF Cinema Egyptian Date has passed
June 7, 2014
Saturday
9:30 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed

“If it’s in a word or it’s in a look, you can’t get rid of the Babadook.” Six years after the death of her husband, which coincided with the birth of their child, Amelia is struggling to raise her son, Samuel. A disciplinary problem at school, Samuel’s behavior only gets worse after he begins to suffer from vivid, violent nightmares. But when a mysterious children’s book entitled “Mister Babadook” appears among Samuel’s possessions, it portends a chilling, spectral descent into fear and paranoia. “I’ll wager with you. I’ll make you a bet. The more you ignore me, the stronger I get.” Amelia tries to convince Samuel that there is no Babadook, even as her son’s tantrums grow more frequent and intense, drawing her own deeply troubled nature to the surface. “A rumbling sound then three sharp knocks—ba-BA-ba DOOK! DOOK! DOOK!” In her feature film debut, director Jennifer Kent crafts a frightful masterpiece that draws influence from H.P. Lovecraft, The Exorcist and Poltergeist while creating one of the creepiest movie monsters in recent memory.

Director Biography

Australian Jennifer Kent has worked extensively as an actress in film, theater, and television. She graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art, and assisted Lars Von Trier in directing his 2003 film, DogvilleThe Babadook is her writing and directing debut.

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Director: Jennifer Kent
Principal Cast: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West
Country: Australia
Year: 2014
Running Time: 94 minutes
Producer: Kristina Ceyton, Kristian Moliere
Screenplay: Jennifer Kent
Cinematographers: Radek Ladczuk
Editors: Simon Njoo
Music: Jed Kurzel
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Gérardmer Fantastic Film Festival 2014 (Audience Prize, Critics Award, Grand Jury Prize, Youth Jury Prize)
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: English
Format: DCP
US Distributor: IFC Midnight
International Sales: eOne Entertainment International
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