LIFF is pleased to present the Louisiana Premiere of the acclaimed new film LOVING.
Special thanks to Carole and Charlie Lamar on behalf of Together Baton Rouge for making this screening possible.
LOVING (USA 2016/123 minutes) directed by Jeff Nichols
Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud, Midnight Special) directs Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga in the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving who were arrested in 1958 for the crime of getting married. Their decade-long legal battle led to the US Supreme Court, which ultimately ruled in their favor, bringing an end to Virginia's anti-miscegenation laws. This inspiring film depicts Mildred and Richard's story of love and injustice with tenderness and insight.
The Civil Rights movement is still in its infancy when Richard (Edgerton), a construction worker, proposes to Mildred (Negga) on the same Virginia acreage where he plans to build their home. It should be the beginning of a blissful period, but trouble is already brewing. Alerted by a neighbor, county police break down the couple's door and drag them off to jail. They face this indignity with stoicism, but their sentence is worse: one year in prison, suspended only if they agree to leave Virginia and not return for 20 years.
Edgerton is taciturn but vulnerable, using body language to transmit both ferocious love and righteous outrage. Negga is nothing less than a revelation, conveying turbulent emotions with a glance. The subtle power of these performances is heightened by Nichols' refusal to reduce his story to speeches and high drama. Loving does not revisit history merely to flatter the present; rather, it recognizes how far we've come while implicitly reminding us how far we still have to go.
Special thanks to Focus Features.
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