Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton in a scene from Jeff Nichols' "Loving," screening in competition at Cannes.
Photo courtesy of the Cannes film festival
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U.S. filmmaker Jeff Nichols said Monday he hoped his rapturously received Cannes contender "Loving," about an interracial couple's landmark marriage-rights case, would help change the current vicious tone of America's culture wars. The movie, which prompted early Oscar buzz after a press preview, tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia couple who battled before the Supreme Court in 1967 for their right as a white man and an African-American woman to live together as husband and wife."Loving" is one of 21 films vying at global cinema's biggest showcase for the Palme d'Or top prize, which will be awarded Sunday.Edgerton, who has also appeared in the "Star Wars" franchise, said he had been drawn to the "quiet and meditative" screenplay's relevance at a time when marriage equality was being hotly debated in his own country, Australia.
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