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BELOVED

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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 it.

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 existence.

"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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