passingStarring Marvel actors Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga, the story follows two friends with different lives in New York City of the 1920s and ’30s. Netflix, which acquired the film at the Sundance Film Festival this year, unveiled the film’s trailer today.
Based on Nella Larsson’s novel of the same name, the film explores many themes of race and sexuality through the lens of two women.
‘Passing’ is set during the Harlem Renaissance
Tessa Thompson’s Irene Redfield is a mixed-race woman who identifies as Black. She lives in New York City with her family. Claire Kendrey, played by Ruth Negga, is also a mixed-race woman who can “pass off” as white. Claire and Irene are old friends who reunite in the city at the height of the Harlem Renaissance.
As Irene and Claire cross a complicated line from two different perspectives, their lives and insecurities intertwine. In a clip from the trailer, Claire asks Irene if she ever wants to “pass”.
“No, why should I,” says Irene. “I have everything I’ve ever wanted.”
The movie promises that nothing is just black and white
Irene learns that Claire’s situation is more complicated when she meets her white husband, who is clearly a racist. Irene is torn between her life, which she thinks she wants, and Claire, whom she disagrees with.
As her previously peaceful life falls apart after Claire’s arrival, Irene tries to come to terms with her own truth. The film looks at Irene and Claire’s relationship – their struggles and companionship.
The film, shot in black and white, tells its audience that nothing is as easy as it looks.
The trailer ends with Irene’s words, “We’re all going through something for nothing, right?”
‘Passing’ is Rebecca Hall’s directorial debut
There seems to be more than one Marvel connection here. Rebecca Hall, who played a scientist in iron Man 3 makes his debut as a director with passing.
NS Vicky, Christina, Barcelona The actor made his debut as an actor in 2006. Golden Globe-nominated actor, Hall appeared in several films such as Christopher Nolan PrestigeBen Affleck’s play City, and 2019 film godzilla vs kong.
Hall wrote the film after considering his family’s history. Apart from being the writer and director, she is also the producer of the film.
passing It also boasts an Academy Award-nominated supporting cast in Andre Holland, Bill Camp and Alexander Skarsgard. Along with Hall, Nina Yang, Forrest Whitaker and Margot Hand have produced the film.
passing It opened to critical acclaim in January 2021 at the Sundance Film Festival. From there, Netlfix purchased its distribution rights in a $15 million deal. In a bidding war, the streaming service had to outbid five bidders to win. The film will screen at the New York Film Festival on October 3, before being released in limited theaters on October 27.
It will finally debut on Netflix on November 10.
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