Last eve, A24, DirecTV, and The Cinema Society hosted the New York screening of a Toronto Film Festival hit, The Blackcoat’s Daughter. Stars from the eerie thriller, including Kiernan Shipka (looking optimistic for Spring in Rosie Assoulin), Emma Roberts, Lucy Boynton, and writer/director Osgood Perkins, came out for the screening, and were joined by Gabriel Kane Day-Lewis, Giullian Yao Gioiello, John Patrick Shanley, Emily Senko, Josh Truesdell, Daniel Benedict, Timo Weiland, Jazmin Grimaldi, Ian Mellencamp, Mariah Strongin, and Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir, among others.
If you’re used to seeing Shipka as young Sally in Mad Men or as Bette Davis’ daughter B.D. in FX’s Feud, prepare for a drastic transformation. In The Blackcoat’s Daughter, she plays Katharine (Kat), a devil-worshiping maniacal teen who wreaks havoc at a Catholic boarding school that’s been mostly cleared out for winter break, save for one classmate, Rose (played by Boynton). The film flashes back and forth between Kat and Rose and another plotline that involves a woman, Joan (played by Roberts), who hitches a ride with a couple through upstate New York. The jaw-clenching suspense is amplified by a plot-twist at the end, which we won’t ruin for you.
After the screening, things lightened up with an after-party hosted at Jimmy at the James Hotel in New York City’s Soho nabe. The Blackcoat’s Daughter hits select theaters March 31.