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VA Governor Terry McAuliffe Announces LOVING Will Open Virginia Film Festival

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe made the big announcement that the 2016 Virginia Film Festival will open with the highly acclaimed Focus Features film Loving on Thursday, November 3.

“We could not be more proud to share this extraordinary film with the Virginia Film Festival audience,” said Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. “Loving captures an important moment in the history of the Commonwealth and tells a story that speaks to the triumph of love over division – a story that resonates in our world today. The film also shines a deserved spotlight on Virginia’s thriving film industry, which continues to be an important driver in our work to build a new Virginia economy.”

LOVING Jeff Nichols
LOVING Jeff Nichols

A sensation on the festival circuit this year, Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (portrayed by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry – and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since. The movie, written and directed by Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud), was filmed in several localities across Central Virginia. The screening will be followed by a conversation with Nichols.

The 2016 Virginia Film Festival will feature more than 120 films ranging from highly-anticipated features to fascinating documentaries, award-winning international films, and some of the most exciting new voices on the filmmaking scene from from November 3-6 in Charlottesville.

Image via UVA | Jody Kielbasa, right, UVA’s vice provost for the arts and director of the Virginia Film Festival, joined Gov. Terry McAuliffe for Thursday’s announcement of the festival’s opening film. (Photo by Caroline Newman, University Communications)

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