It looks like writer-director Jeff Nichols is going to have his biggest year yet in 2016. Already responsible for one of the year’s most acclaimed and original visions with “Midnight Special,” Nichols is earning critical favor once again with his new Cannes drama, “Loving.” The film premiered today at the Cannes Film Festival to positive notices, with many critics agreeing that the drama is a powerhouse showcase for actors Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga. The pair star in the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who was sentenced to prison in 1958 Virginia for getting married. The feature is inspired by the 2011 doc “The Loving Story.”
In his review of out Cannes, Indiewire’s Chief Film Critic Eric Kohn writes, “Recounting the plight of Mildred and Richard Loving, who were persecuted by the state of Virginia for their marriage, ‘Loving’ offers no fancy tricks, but benefits from Nichols’ gentle approach, which leaves room for the two performances to shine…As Richard, Edgerton’s ideally cast to play a low key character less invested in grand statements than maintaining his private life. It’s Negga, however, who truly comes into her own as the movie’s agent of change.”
Focus Features picked up U.S. distribution rights to the film before the festival began, and it’s clearly going to be positioned for the Oscar race with a fall release date. Check out the official teaser poster above, and click here for more “Loving” coverage out of Cannes.