Topic Studios and Neon released the first trailer for Sundance favorite, “Luce,” directed by Julius Onah and starring Kelvin Harrison Jr, Naomi Watts, Tim Roth and Octavia Spencer. The drama, which centers on social misconceptions, has had audiences buzzing since premiering at Park City, Utah. It’s written by Onah and adapted from J.C. Lee’s play.


A married couple is forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son, adopted from war-torn Eritrea, after an alarming discovery by a devoted high school teacher threatens his status as an all-star student.

The film competed in the US Dramatic competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Since then, it has screened at Newport Beach Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival. The first trailer lays the ground for an astute drama with magnificent performances to boot. It looks like it carries its own, playing on the audience’s expectations and twirling them around. In an interview with Tomris Laffly out of Park City, Onah discussed the play on character insights within the filmmaking.

Kelvin Harrison Jr. in “Luce”
From the interview:

A big part of it was in the camera as well. The film plays in long takes, uses a more objective camera, and holds back a little bit as opposed to constantly asking the audience to feel this or feel that for a specific person, so that you just have time to take these people in. And then, as a result of not being told what you should feel about that one way or another, then you start questioning it when new bits of information come in. I wanted the movie to feel elegant and be great to look at, but then also not be something where the camera or the music or the performances became didactic.

Harrison Jr. starred in “It Comes At Night” and “Birth of A Nation,” but audiences will soon see him continue to expand under Onah’s direction in the breakout festival hit. Spencer, who cranked up the thrill recently in the lead role in Blumhouse’s “Ma,” commands her roles as per usual.

Topic Studios and Neon will be distributing “Luce” into theaters August 22. It is produced by Dream Factory Group and Altona Filmhaus. Check out the trailer below!

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