From trailblazing, Emmy-winning writer Lena Waith comes this unflinching new drama/love story. While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, a black man (GET OUT's Daniel Kaluuya) and a black woman (Jodie Turner-Smith in a stunning debut), are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction, the situation escalates, with sudden and tragic results. Terrified and in fear for their lives, the man, a retail employee, and the woman, a criminal defense lawyer, are forced to go on the run. The but incident is captured on video and goes viral, adn the couple unwittingly become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people across the country.
As they drive, these two unlikely fugitives will discover themselves and each other in themost dire and desperate of circumstances and will forge a deep and powerful love that will reveal their shared humanity and shape the rest of their lives.
R, 120 min.
"This film shows what can happen when excellent writing and a visionary female director come together." - Common Sense Media
"Waithe and Matzoukas create a new form of protest art. Their film isn't meant to lionize these two everyday people-turned-folk heroes, but to celebrate their strength and pride." - Rolling Stone
"When you like characters this much, you hope everything will turn out for the best, right till the very end." - New York Post
"Anchored by the magnetism of Kaluuya and Turner-Smith, Queen & Slim crackles with urgent anger and provocative swagger. A road movie with a lot going on under the bonnet." - Empire
"A thrilling debut [for director Melina Matsoukas]... You fall in love with this couple." - FilmWeek
"It makes bold narrative choices but backs them up with confidence, so there's never any questioning Matsoukas' vision. She's delivered a potent love story for our times." - Detroit News
"QUEEN & SLIM is one of those increasingly rare movies that should leave audiences discussing it after they exit the theater. Yet if the film derives power from its broader context, there's strength in the journey as well as the destination." - CNN