Magnolia Pictures has acquired the theatrical rights to Night Catches Us which was a hit with critics and audience members at this years Sundance Film Festival. The film which re-units co-stars Anthony Mackie and Kerry Washington (they both worked together on the film She Hate Me almost six years ago together) and also stars Jamie Hector and Wendell Pierce.

Set on the steamy streets of Philadelphia during the summer of 1976, the film which marks filmmaker Tanya Hamilton’s debut, follows Marcus Washington (Mackie), an ex-Black Panther who returns home to confront his past which includes Patricia Wilson (Washington). The romantic drama deals with real issues during a politically complex and emotionally charged time in America.

Magnolia plans a fall release for the film, which will continue to play the festival circuit, including the Maryland Film Festival, Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, and the Los Angeles Film Festival.

With a talented cast and proven chemistry between Mackie/Washington the film has everything going its way. A powerful message and a good storyline let us take a look at the under-explored and exciting chapter in our cultural history.

What do you think of the idea behind  Night Catches US?