Magazine article Screen International

North American Briefs: Focus Sets Release Date for 'Loving'

Magazine article Screen International

North American Briefs: Focus Sets Release Date for 'Loving'

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Focus Features will release JeffNichols' upcoming drama Loving in the US in an exclusive release on November 4 followed by wide expansion a week later.

Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga star as Richard and Mildred Loving, whose interracial marriage in the 1950s led to banishment, prison, and finally Supreme Court vindication.

Focus paid $9m for Loving for North America and most of the world in Berlin after CAA showed early footage. Nichols' sci-fidrama Midnight Special starring Michael Shannon, Edgerton, Adam Driver, Jaeden Lieberher, and Kirsten Dunst opens this week in the US via Warner Bros.

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