Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this article reported that the Philippine release date of “Midsommar” is July 31.
The film’s distributor confirmed that it is, in fact, July 24.
Ari Aster’s sophomore film, “Midsommar”, is one of the most hotly anticipated of the year.
The clamor for what looks like a categorically folk horror film reached a fever pitch when it opened in the U.S. last month to mostly universal acclaim. Some time has passed since the U.S. release and Filipino fans are hungry for information about its release locally.
After weeks of radio silence, we now have confirmation that “Midsommar” is, in fact, going to be released here. What’s more, is we now have an official release date. Ari Aster’s new film will premiere in the Philippines on July 24, 2019.
Funnily, the film is distributed by a Filipino film outfit aptly named Viewer’s Choice—the same folks that brought such films as “The Babadook” and “John Wick” to the Philippines.
Critics love “Midsommar”. Film Comment’s Madeline Whittle writes: “Ari Aster has harnessed a singular mode of uneasiness…is cumulative and insidious.” Richard Brody from The New Yorker, meanwhile, has this to offer: “Certain images of mutilated bodies, of violence, of gore, fulfill the basic requirements of the genre—they shock, they stir fear and revulsion, and they add an element of moral horror, the implications of which seem to have eluded Aster’s decorative gaze.” Slant Magazine’s Pat Brown notes: “The burningly bright imagery of Midsommar is as beautiful as it is distressing.”
Aster is the filmmaker behind last year’s “Hereditary”, named one of the best horror films of 2018. Check out the trailer for “Midsommar” below.