Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (portrayed in the film by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who fell in love and were married in 1958.
“Timely and powerful, Loving is a testament to the power of love and the triumph of the human spirit against seemingly insurmountable odds,” said Heartland Film Director of Film Programming & Marketing Greg Sorvig. “Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton deliver stirringly intimate performances in Director Jeff Nichols’ nuanced portrait of interracial couple Mildred and Richard Loving.”
The couple had grown up in Central Point, a small town in Virginia that was more integrated than surrounding areas in the American South. Yet it was the state of Virginia, where they were making their home and starting a family, that first jailed and then banished them. Richard and Mildred relocated with their children to the inner city of Washington, D.C. While relatives made them feel welcome there, the more urban environment did not feel like home to them. Ultimately, the pull of their roots in Virginia would spur Mildred to try to find a way back.
Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry. Richard and Mildred returned home and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since.
Loving is the latest film from acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols (“Take Shelter,” “Mud,” and “Midnight Special”).
The Truly Moving Picture Award winner Loving, presented by Focus Features, was released in select theaters on November 4, 2016.