By Justina Bonilla
One of 2021’s first highly anticipated films, Malcom & Marie is set premiere on Netflix on February 5, 2021 following a theatrical run in select theaters in January.
Malcolm & Marie is already creating Oscar buzz, thanks to its artistically bold cast both in Infront of and behind the camera. These amazing talents include actors Zendaya (Euphoria, K.C. Undercover) and John David Washington (BlacKKKlansman,Tenet), director Sam Levinson (Euphoria,The Wizard of Lies), cinematographer Marcell Rév (Euphoria, Assassination Nation), composer Labrinth (Euphoria, Wonder Woman), and editor Julio Perez IV (Euphoria, American Made).
Perez reunites with the creative team of Euphoria as he continues to make a name for himself with his work as an editor on a wide variety of films from the groundbreaking modern horror film classic It Follows to now Malcom & Marie. His style of editing compliments the black and white visuals of Malcom & Marie. The film was shot on a 35 mm camera, giving it the clean stylistic, yet organic feel.
Purchased by Netflix for $30 million, Malcom & Maire was exclusively shot at the Feldman Architecture’s Caterpillar house located in Carmel, California, from June 17 – July 2, 2020. According to IMDB Malcom & Maire was first film to be written, directed, and completed during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. In order to film, the cast and crew followed the intensely strict entertainment union COVID-19 guidelines.
Malcolm & Maire is an achingly romantic drama which filmmaker (Washington) and his girlfriend (Zendaya) return home following a celebratory movie premiere as he awaits what’s sure to be imminent critical and financial success. The evening suddenly takes a turn as revelations about their relationships begin to surface, testing the strength of their love” – Netflix.
Malcolm & Marie reminisces both visually and artistically the groundbreaking and controversial 1966 Oscar-winning film Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf, which starred the iconic Elizabeth Taylor and Robert Burton.
If Malcolm & Marie garners Oscar nominations Washington, who is also a producer on the film, would have the unique chance of having a film nominated the same year as his father Denzel Washington, who is a producer for another Netflix film predicted to receive an Oscar nomination, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. And if Washington is nominated for an acting Oscar, he and his father will join the history books of parents and children who have acquired Oscar wins and nominations, including the Coppola family (Francis Ford Coppola, Carmine, and Coppola), the Fonda’s (Henry , Peter and Jane Fonda), the Douglas’ (Kirk and Michael Douglas), and the Garland/Minnelli’s (Judy Garland, Vincent Minnelli, and Liza Minnelli).