First Look: ‘Loving,’ starring Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton
With the unveiling of Jeff Nichols’s Loving at the Cannes Film Festival to mostly rapturous reviews (especially for Ruth Negga) comes the first clip of the film and two variations on the poster. The film tells the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a white man and black woman who marry in 1958, defying Virginia’s Racial Integrity Act of 1924. After taking a plea to escape prison time, the Lovings set on a mission to defy the Virginia law, taking their case to the U.S. Supreme Court in what is now the landmark Loving v. Virginia case which broke down the laws that made interracial marriage illegal. It was also this ruling that was used in many of the same-sex marriage debates this decade.
Focus Features is releasing the film stateside on November 4th.
In the clip, Richard (played by Joel Edgerton) brings Mildred (then Jeter, played by Negga) to an open field where he describes their dream house together.