Two of the year’s biggest likely Oscar contenders are true story historical dramas that should prove intensely relevant against the backdrop of this year’s tumultuous racial divide.
The first – The Birth of a Nation – debuted in January at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, and will open this October. That film, about an actual slave uprising in early 19th Century America, will no doubt strike a deep chord in contrast to the recent #BlackLivesMatter protests and related tragedies.
The second – Loving – premiered in May at the Cannes Film Festival, and now its first trailer (below) has hit the internet.
Directed by Jeff Nichols (this spring’s Midnight Special, and the acclaimed Mud), a filmmaker known for his Southern Gothic milieu, Loving tells the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a 1950s interracial couple that was married in Washington D.C. and then lived in the Jim Crow south where interracial marriage (and cohabitation) was illegal. While not quite as timely as The Birth of a Nation, Loving could still serve as a hopeful ideal to our current national crisis.
Loving stars Joel Edgerton (who had a key supporting role in Midnight Special) and Ruth Nega as the star-crossed lovers, both whom appear to be destined for Academy Award nominations (as does the film itself). It co-stars Nichols vet Michael Shannon.
Loving opens in theaters on November 4, 2016.