After the Spielberg-styled sci-fi throwback Midnight Special this past spring, hot-streak filmmaker Jeff Nichols shifts gears to romance and social commentary with the upcoming Loving, set for release November 4th.
The handsomely mounted period piece dramatizes the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple living in Virginia during the 1950s, during which racist miscegenation laws forbade relationships between blacks and white from being recognized by the state. The Lovings flouted the laws and got a marriage license in Washington, D.C., only to be arrested upon their return to their home state. That ignited a legal battle that lasted years and led all the way to the Supreme Court, where they changed interracial marriage laws in the United States forever.
The film won critical raves when it debuted at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival back in May, earning plaudits for Ruth Negga’s powerfully assured performance as Mildred and Joel Edgerton’s reserved but vulnerable portrayal of Richard. Both Michael Shannon and Nick Kroll appeared in welcome supporting roles as well, as a reporter documenting the Loving family’s domestic tranquility, and their dedicated lawyer, respectively.
The November release date suggests that Focus intends to push for awards consideration for director Nichols, his actors and the film itself. With a potent social message (that, regrettably, still has resonance today with racial tensions at an unprecedented high) and a stable of strong performances, Loving could be a runaway success come prestige film season.Watch a scene from Director Jeff Nichols’ drama ‘Loving.’