First Press Screening for Loving Elicits Award-Season Talks Already

Posted by James, 17 May

The first press screening of the Loving drama film was done at Cannes on Monday morning. And already, it seems the film is eliciting awards-season talk. Well given the real life story the drama is based on, anyone would understand why. The film has been hailed for its history-making interracial love story... "it received one of the festival’s biggest ovations yet, with more applause for the actors’ names when they appeared onscreen."

The Loving movie, played by Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton, is an interracial love story about Mildred Loving (Black) and Richard Loving (White) who lived in the state of Virginia in 1960s, when interracial marriage was outlawed. Directed by Jeff Nichols’, the true-life interracial marriage drama follows their heartbreaking love story and the persecution that they had to endure from law enforcers for their 'forbidden' love. The couple were arrested and banished from their home state. It also shades light on the infamous civil rights Supreme Court cases, Loving v. Virginia.

After the Monday screening, Nichols' said at a press conference: “I truly believe this is one of the most pure love stories in American history”. As described on Yahoo:

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"One of the movie’s more extraordinary feats is how subtle it is with such potentially melodramatic material. There’s a Malfoy-like sheriff (Marton Csokas) who wants the Lovings run out of town for good, but other than that, the movie embodies the culture of violence without portraying any actual violence and instead uses the persistent dread and paranoia of a police state in which the hammer could drop at any moment. Even the climactic court hearing is underplayed — though Kroll and Jon Bass, who plays his more experienced co-counsel, are saddled with the task of reminding the Lovings (and the audience) just how big a deal this case is."

Apparently Edgerton is terrific in his role as Richard. "Almost unrecognizable with shorn yellow hair and false teeth, he chews his lip, mulls over the words that are difficult to express, and seems physically stunned by the injustice that has found him. (There’s a neat moment late in the movie when he’s essentially confronted with his white privilege by a black friend who reminds him that he’s finally got a faint idea about what it’s like)", writes Kerrie Mitchell. Ethiopian-Irish actress Negga also leaves her mark. Her huge eyes as Yahoo puts it show every emotion, "and she gives Mildred an indomitable will beneath her mild, warm exterior." The pair delivered powerful, understated performances.

Well given the legal battles over the "bathroom bills" currently occurring in states like North Carolina that want to legislate where the transgendered population relieve themselves Nichols says. “Hopefully, [Loving] makes people think about the people who are at the center of these debates.”

The Loving film's release date has been set for November 4th as the limited premier date; expanding wide on November 11.

9 responses to "First Press Screening for Loving Elicits Award-Season Talks Already"

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  1.   GOPCutie says:
    Posted: 08 Aug

    Please stop comparing sexual orientation to skin color/race/ethnicity.....not remotely the same issue or situation. No reputable medical profession will EVER claim in public with his/her license on the line that there is 100% proof that sexuality is genetic and not merely learned behavior. But any scientist can prove we were born female/male, with certain skin colors, with straight hair/wavy or curly hair, certain hair and eye colors, no upper lip/full lips, distinct bone structure, etc. I don't wish to be lumped in with folk that made a decision to whom they wish to have relations with, when I didn't get to decide which skin color/hair texture/eye color/continent. A white man can prove he was born white, but sexuality is at the end of the day, a decision--just like I decided to exclusively date white men and this decision is not genetically predisposed or something that I was "born with"...it is merely a decision.

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  2.   Grace_Jones says:
    Posted: 27 May

    Meh. Over the whole white savior crap.

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    • NYGriego says:
      Posted: 28 May

      Yeah, they do exaggerate it a bit on here. Don't they? Same with the bald women stories, the Coming to America stories, etc. I'm still waiting for a real article. Real like why are Asian women super picky with certain men? What are they looking for? Is it a cultural thing that they seek in a guy? Not that I really care but it's one of those stories that left me asking "Why?" When I was younger and was like the UN of dating prospects. LOL..

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    • Kaella_Kay says:
      Posted: 28 May

      What happened to them happened whether you like it or not. This isn't just a story made up for the big screen. Terrible things happened to real people and unfortunately this couple had too short of a time together due to Richard's untimely death. Please elaborate on the white savior theme you see in their relationship?

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    • blackbelle01 says:
      Posted: 04 Jul

      Maybe I am missing something but what White Savior crap are you speaking of. This is just a story about the Loving's who made history by the way. I don't understand what you are talking about. Can you enlighten me? I am not trying to be funny I am just curious to know.

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      • GOPCutie says:
        Posted: 08 Aug

        I agree blackbell01....that comment confused me too! Perhaps the poster didn't fully read the article or is unaware that this is a "true story" and not fictional...that this was the court case that made interracial relations in the entire country legal.

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  3.   brit_brit04 says:
    Posted: 18 May

    Oh God! He looks gorgeous in this!

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