First Press Screening for Loving Elicits Award-Season Talks Already
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.
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