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Interracial love story earns applause at Cannes Festival

'Loving' tells the story of Richard & Mildred Lovin, arrested in Virginia in 1958 for getting married.

FILE: Australian actor Joel Edgerton, Irish-Ethiopian actress Ruth Negga and US director Jeff Nichols pose as they arrive on 16 May, 2016 for the screening of the film ‘Loving’ at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. Picture: AFP.

NEW YORK - A film based on the true story of an interracial couple who fought for their civil rights is earning much applause from critics at the Cannes Film Festival.

Titled _Loving, _the film tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving who were arrested in Virginia in 1958 for getting married.

Both actor Joel Edgerton and actress Ruth Negga, who play the couple, say the story is a simple one, based on true events.

Critics have already begun saying it's a film worthy of Oscar nominations.