Focus Features’ new movie Loving world-premieres today In Competition at the 2016 Cannes International Film Festival. This new film is from acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols, who previously screened Take Shelter and Mud at Cannes.
Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (portrayed in the film by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who fell in love and were married in 1958.
The couple had grown up in Central Point, a small town in Virginia that was more integrated than surrounding areas in the American South. Yet it was the state of Virginia, where they were making their home and starting a family, that first jailed and then banished them. Richard and Mildred relocated with their children to the inner city of Washington, D.C. While relatives made them feel welcome there, the more urban environment did not feel like home to them. Ultimately, the pull of their roots in Virginia would spur Mildred to try 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 become an inspiration to couples ever since.
Loving opens in theaters in November 2016
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Just in time for colder temperatures, I’ll be ready to snuggle with my love and enjoy a story of love, commitment, and fighting to stay together. Will you be joining me at the theater?