Friday, October 28

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IFFBoston Fall Focus 2016

Special Premiere Screening!

$13 General Admission
$11 IFFBoston & Brattle members, students, and seniors*

*Limited to one ticket per screening per membership card or Student ID. Tickets bought online must be verified with your valid membership card/ID at time of pick up at the Brattle Box Office. Member discount cannot be combined with other offers.


Mildred and Richard Loving were arrested in 1958 for the crime of getting married. According to the state of Virginia, she was “colored,” he was “white,” and their marriage was illegal. Both were sentenced to a year in prison—a sentence that was only suspended on the condition that they leave Virginia. The couple fought that judgment before the US Supreme Court, which ultimately ruled in their favour, bringing an end to Virginia’s anti-miscegenation laws. This inspiring film from Jeff Nichols (MUD, TAKE SHELTER) tells Mildred and Richard’s story of romance and injustice with tenderness and wisdom.

The Civil Rights movement is still in its infancy when Richard (Joel Edgerton), a construction worker, proposes to Mildred (Ruth Negga) on the same Virginia acreage where he plans to build their home. It should be the beginning of a blissful period, but trouble is already brewing. Someone informs the authorities of Richard and Mildred’s union. It is not long before police break down the couple’s door and drag them off to the county jail. They face this indignity with stoicism, but the worst is yet to come.

Edgerton is taciturn but vulnerable, using body language to transmit both ferocious love and righteous outrage. Negga is nothing less than a revelation, conveying turbulent emotions with a glance. The subtle power of these performances is heightened by Nichols’ refusal to reduce his story to speeches and high drama. In keeping with David Wingo’s sombre score, Nichols doesn’t push sentiment. He allows his characters’ story to steep for greater resonance.

LOVING does not revisit history merely to flatter the present. Rather, it recognizes how far we’ve come while implicitly reminding us how far we still have to go.

—Toronto International Film Festival guide

Directed by:
Jeff Nichols

Joel Edgerton
Ruth Negga
Marton Csokas
Nick Kroll
Terri Abney
Alano Miller
Jon Bass
Michael Shannon
Chris Greene
Will Dalton