Jeff Nichols USA / 2016 / 123 minutes
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"Loving", much admired in Cannes this year, celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving, who fell in love and were married in 1958.
The couple grew up in Central Point, a small Virginia town that was more integrated than surrounding areas in the South. Yet it was Virginia -- where they were making their home and starting a family -- that first jailed and then banished them. The Lovings relocated to the inner city of Washington, D.C. While relatives made them feel welcome there, the urban environment didn't feel like home. Ultimately, their Virginia roots spurred Mildred to find a way back.
Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry. Richard and Mildred returned home and their love story has inspired couples ever since.
"Loving director/writer Jeff Nichols wrote and directed the internationally acclaimed features "Shotgun Stories", "Take Shelter", "Mud", and "Midnight Special". "Shotgun Stories" earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination; the Grand Jury Prize at the Seattle and Austin Film Festivals; and the International Jury Prize at the 2007 Venice International Film Festival. Following a 2011 Sundance premiere, "Take Shelter" took multiple honors at the Cannes International Film Festival, including the Critics Week Grand Prize. It was later nominated for five Independent Spirit Awards.
Nichols was again a Spirit Award nominee for "Mud", which world-premiered at Cannes and became one of the highest-grossing independent films of 2013. The cast of "Mud" shared the Spirits Robert Altman Award. In 2016, "Midnight Special" world-premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Nichols is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking. He currently resides in Austin, Texas.
Cast/Featuring: Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Marton Csokas, Nick Kroll, Terri Abney, Alano Miller, Jon Bass, Michael Shannon
Executive Producer(s): Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Jack Turner, Jared Ian Goldman
Producer(s): Ged Doherty & Colin Firth, Nancy Buirski, Sarah Green, Marc Turtletaub & Peter Saraf
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