The film follows the courtship and marriage of Mildred Jeter, a black woman, and Richard Loving, a white man. They are arrested and sentenced to prison in Virginia in 1958, because their interracial marriage violates the state’s anti-miscegenation laws. Exiled to Washington DC, they sue the state of Virginia in a series of proceedings leading to the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Loving v. Virginia, which holds that laws prohibiting interracial marriage are unconstitutional.
The new film stars Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Martin Csokas, Nick Kroll, and Michael Shannon. Written and Directed by Jeff Nichols.
“Loving” hits theaters on November 4.