CANNES, France (AP) — Jeff Nichols’ quiet drama about the profound and simple love that toppled interracial marriage restrictions in the United States has made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival.
The film, “Loving,” stars Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton as Mildred and Richard Loving, whose marriage got them jailed and exiled from Virginia but ultimately led to a landmark 1967 Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality.
“Loving,” which will open theatrically in the heart of awards season in November, is an unconventional civil rights drama that doesn’t swell with amplified Hollywood moments. Instead, it’s a straightforward portrait of the couple.
“I wanted to make a movie about two people in love,” said Nichols. “I truly believe this is one of the most pure love stories in American history.”