'Sylvie's Love' Director Eugene Ashe On Black Love in the 50s

 Sylvies Love Tessa Thompson Director Eugene Ashe

SYLVIE'S LOVE director/writer Eugene Ashe talks about his romantic drama set in the 50s starring Tessa Thompson, Nnamdi Asomugha and Eva Longoria. Think LA LA LAND or AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER but with black leads. Ashe talks about the Amazon Prime movie and why his film is not revisionist history rather it focuses on a love story set in the past with successful black characters.

SYLVIE'S LOVE is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.


In SYLVIE’S LOVE, the jazz is smooth and the air sultry in the hot New York summer of 1957. Robert (Nnamdi Asomugha), a saxophonist, spends late nights playing behind a less-talented but well-known bandleader, as member of a jazz quartet. Sylvie (Tessa 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. Writer/director Eugene Ashe combines romance and music into a sweeping story that brings together changing times, a changing culture, and the true price of love.

Starring: Tessa Thompson, Nnamdi Asomugha, Aja Naomi King, Jemima Kirke, Tone Bell, Alano Miller, with Wendi Mclendon-Covey and Eva Longoria 

110 Minutes | Rated PG-13

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