The streaming platform will release Sam Levinson’s film starring Zendaya and John David Washington in February, with the idea of making it eligible for the next Academy Awards.
A director (John David Washington, seen in “BlacKkKlansman” by Spike Lee and “Tenet” by Christopher Nolan) and his girlfriend (Zendaya, who stars in the series “Euphoria”) join their hotel room after the ‘preview of their film, pending critical reactions. Their conversation turns sour when they start talking about their past relationships, the revelations that arise putting their love at risk …
Shot in black and white and 35mm during lockdown, Sam Levinson’s “Malcolm & Marie” was acquired by Netflix in September. The platform intends to unveil it on February 5, 2021, in order to make it eligible for Oscars. Indeed, the deadline is set for February 28 this year, with a ceremony scheduled for April 21 (if the Covid wants it).
Black, white, and black and white
But “Malcolm & Marie” is not the only title that Netflix launches in the race for prestigious statuettes. There will also be:
«Lack », the new feature film by David Fincher, who had not produced one since 2014, is also in black and white. It chronicles screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) ‘s tumultuous relationship with the production crew of Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane” (1941).
«Da 5 Bloods», from Spike Lee, or the return of four African-American veterans in the jungle of Vietnam, between a treasure hunt and seeing the devastation caused by the war. It is one of the last films shot by Chadwick Boseman.
“The Blues of Ma Rainey” is, him, the last film shot by the late actor. Boseman plays the role of a trumpeter alongside the queen of the blues (Viola Davis), who was recording her new studio album in 1927 in Chicago, which did not go without some tension.
“The Chicago Seven” Aaron Sorkin, including Eddie Redmayne and Sacha Baron Cohen, also tells a true story, the trial of the seven organizers of the demonstration that took place in 1968 on the sidelines of the Democratic convention in Chicago. It was released in French-speaking Switzerland in September 2020.
With all these beautiful people and these talents, Netflix seems set to see its films win a few Oscars …