‘Loving’ film about barrier-breaking interracial couple plays at Virginia Film Fest

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WRIC) — “Loving,” the new film about the Virginia couple who shattered America’s laws banning interracial marriage, had a screening in Charlottesville on Thursday.

“Loving” is the biggest movie at this year’s Virginia Film Festival, and perhaps one of the most important.

It follows Mildred and Richard Loving, an interracial couple sentenced to a year in jail after marrying here in Virginia. They violated the Racial Intergrity Act of 1924.

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Richard and Mildred Loving were arrested in 1958 for violating a state law which, at the time, prohibited interracial marriage in the state of Virgina. (Photo courtesy: The Associated Press)

“It’s a perfect story about how we’ve grown where we came from who we are today,” local film fan Rich Boehling told 8News.

Ultimately, the U.S Supreme Court ruled unanimously in the couple’s favor, ending America’s legal barriers to interracial marriage.

After competing at Cannes, the film’s director is happy to show his film and where it was shot.

2f2504dc426945c78f3cd5b021e1fe9e“The people here know the difference,” Director Jeff Nichols said. “They know what we got right, what we got wrong and they can call you on it.”

And he’s hoping the story of two people bound by love in the face of ignorance and intolerance is worthy of the struggle they endured.

“I’m nervous, excited and I hope it makes people proud,” Nichols said.

“And it’s gonna make a big difference in many many lives,” Boehling added.

The “Loving” decision was made 49 years ago in 1967, and the film opens in theaters nationwide on Friday.

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