In 1958 Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving were arrested in Virginia and forced to go into exile for almost 10 years. Their crime? Being married. Their case went on to become a landmark in civil rights when in 1967 the Supreme Court invalidated state laws that criminalized interracial marriage.
Now the couple’s story is coming to the big screen, and the trailer released yesterday (July 12) suggests it’ll attract awards like a very large magnet indeed.
The movie is the latest from Midnight Special director Jeff Nichols, and has been tipped as an awards season front-runner since the Cannes Film Festival. Reviews so far have been stellar, giving it a current score of 91% on reviews aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, and pick out Ruth Negga‘s (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) performance as Mildred in particular, not to mention Joel Edgerton (Black Mass), who plays Richard, as they fight for their right to be married.
Take a look at the trailer and see if you think it’s got what it takes:
Loving will open in limited theaters on November 4 before a wider release on November 11.
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