After premiering at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and competing for the Palme D’Or, period drama Loving has since gone on to generate significant praise. Written and directed by acclaimed independent filmmaker Jeff Nichols (Midnight Special), the film stars Joel Edgerton (Black Mass) and Ruth Negga (Preacher) as Richard and Mildred Loving, whose interracial marriage to one another in 1967 Virginia caused unrest and brought about the eventual invalidation of state laws prohibiting mixed race couples from engaging in cohabitation and having children with one another.
Based on the amount of talent involved, Loving seems like be another bold step forward for Nichols. The court case of Loving v. Virginia is ripe for a politically-minded movie adaptation, and the first trailer for Nichols’ latest production looks to be prepared to deliver both a compelling drama and an important message. It also arrives at a time when race relations in the United States are at the forefront of thought and discussion.
In the footage featured above, Edgerton and Negga are at the top of their game in a filmed drama based on real life events that appears to primed to pull at the heart strings while keeping the surrounding narrative grounded against Nichols’ tautly captured cinematic realism.
Check out the theatrical poser for Loving below:
Likeminded racial dramas as Selma and 12 Years a Slave have been welcomed with open arms over the course of the past few years, so Nichols’ Loving could very well go on to become a favorite among critics and general audiences alike when it receives a theatrical release later this year. And when awards season comes around, the film’s Cannes pedigree should serve to bring Nichols’ latest to the attention of Academy voters as well.
Nichols is fast becoming a filmmaker to watch closely, and Loving might launch him into the spotlight of widespread attention given its high minded political ambition and dramatic dedication. Edgerton and Negga look ready to deliver two of the more remarkable performances on film in 2016, though it still remains to be seen how general audiences will approach and react to the movie when it finally greets general audiences later this November.
Loving will see theatrical release in the U.S. on November 4, 2016.
Source: Focus Features