With the startling, engrossing film "Beloved," director
Jonathan Demme returns to the big screen following his Academy
Award-winning work on "The Silence of the Lambs"
and the emotionally powerful "Philadelphia." Academy
Award nominee Oprah Winfrey stars with Danny Glover, Thandie
Newton, Kimberly Elise, and Beah Richards in this compelling story
adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Nobel Laureate
Toni Morrison. "Beloved" translates to the screen with
its daring intact, immersing viewers in the haunting, haunted
landscape of its story.
Oprah Winfrey, for whom "Beloved" is the ultimate labor
of love, appears in her first starring feature film role since
earning an Oscar® nomination for Best Supporting Actress in
"The Color Purple," with a performance of undeniable
fearlessness. Winfrey optioned the rights to "Beloved"
upon its publication and nurtured the project for nearly a decade,
personally shepherding it to its current incarnation as one of
the most anticipated motion picture events of the year.
Winfrey stars as Sethe, a woman of elemental grace and unspoken
mystery. A figure of fierce determination, Sethe is a runaway
slave struggling to carve out a simple existence with her children
in rural Ohio, 1873. She is hindered, however, by the painful
legacy of her former life, and the desperate measures to which
she is driven to keep herself and her family from returning to
Danny Glover stars as Paul D, an old friend who comes to visit
Sethe and whose understanding is tested by her household's shattering
secrets. Kimberly Elise portrays Sethe's daughter, Denver, an
embattled young woman who must free herself from the crippling
grasp of her mother's choices. And Thandie Newton is Beloved.
As Beloved grows to dominate Sethe's family, her devastating presence
threatens to destroy the delicate balance of Sethe and Denver's
"Beloved" is a Touchstone Pictures presentation of a
Harpo Films/Clinica Estetico Production. The director is Jonathan
Demme, working from a screenplay by Akosua Busia and Richard LaGravenese
and Adam Brooks, based on the Toni Morrison novel. The film is
produced by Edward Saxon, Jonathan Demme, Gary Goetzman, Oprah
Winfrey, and Kate Forte. Ron Bozman serves as executive producer.
The film is distributed by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution.
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