If you saw 2011’s I Will Follow, Ava DuVernay’s masterpiece about life and loss and was one of last year’s best films, you’ll be especially excited to see that the filmmaker is showing her latest work at the Sundance Film Festival in two weeks. Middle of Nowhere is DuVernay’s second full-length feature and has the official synopsis “when her husband is incarcerated, an African-American woman struggles to maintain her marriage and her identity.” It stars Emayatzy Corinealdi, Omari Hardwick, Edwina Findley, Sharon Lawrence with Lorraine Toussaint and David Oyelowo.
She revealed the inspiration behind the film in an interview with Indiewire:
“My personal cinematic inspiration though, in terms of narrative and nuance, was a classic film called ‘Nothing But A Man.’ Its one of the rare films that shows black love steeped in honesty and hardship and everyday beauty. I wanted to revisit this idea of love that’s not necessarily love at first sight, or love as some involuntary reflex. But love as choice. Love and hope when its damn hard. Yet still beautiful and deeply rooted. ‘Nothing But A Man’ is that. Big inspiration.”
So thoughtful that it’s exciting. I look forward to this film making its way to theaters. Watch the teaser trailer below.