Amazon Studios has announced a Christmas premiere date for period drama Sylvie’s Love starring Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha.

The film also stars Aja Naomi King, Ryan Michelle Bathe, Tone Bell, Eva Longoria Bastón, Regé-Jean Page, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jemima Kirke, MC Lyte, Alano Miller, Erica Gimpel and more. Eugene Ashe is the writer and director. Asomugha, Gabrielle Glore, Jonathan Baker and Matthew Thurm produce the film.

Here’s the official description: In Sylvie’s Love, the jazz is smooth and the air sultry in the hot New York summer of 1957. Robert (Asomugha), a saxophonist, spends late nights playing behind a less-talented but well-known bandleader, as member of a jazz quartet. Sylvie (Thompson), who dreams of a career in television, spends her summer days helping around her father’s record store, as she waits for her fiancé to return from war. When Robert takes a part-time job at the record store, the two begin a friendship that sparks a deep passion in each of them unlike anything they have felt before. As the summer winds down, life takes them in different directions, bringing their relationship to an end. Years pass, Sylvie’s career as a TV producer blossoms, while Robert has to come to terms with what the age of Motown is doing to the popularity of Jazz. In a chance meeting, Sylvie and Robert cross paths again, only to find that while their lives have changed, their feelings for each other remain the same.

Our Sundance review of the film reads in part: “Sylvie’s Love is a film that has romance, beauty and the delights and wonder of Black life.”

The film hits Amazon on Dec. 25.



Sundance: Amazon Acquires Tessa Thompson Period Drama ‘Sylvie’s Love’


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