The film grapples with difficult material, including violence, racism and poverty that feel dispiritingly timely. But the Middleburg viewers not only didn’t flinch, they embraced it.
“This film was always about inheritance as a country, and who we are,” said Rees during a question-and-answer session after the screening. “If you want to get beyond the surface reading of race, just think about your inheritance. Not physically, but ideas. What has been unconsciously passed on to you, and what are you unconsciously passing down? Until we can look at our inheritance and be mindful about what we’re passing on, we’re never going to turn the corner.”
“Mudbound” went on to earn Middleburg’s Audience Award, one of several plaudits that is putting the film squarely in play during the run-up to Oscar season. Last weekend, the film received a Hollywood Film Award. Later this month, New York’s Gotham Awards will bestow a special jury prize for ensemble performance, a promising harbinger given that most Motion Picture Academy voters are actors.
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