Passing (film)

Passing is a 2021 black-and-white romantic drama film written, produced, and directed by Rebecca Hall in her feature directorial debut. It is based on the 1929 novel of the same name by Nella Larsen, and its title refers to African-Americans who had skin color light enough to be perceived as white, referred to as "passing".[2][3] The film stars Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga, André Holland, Bill Camp, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, and Alexander Skarsgård.

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Directed byRebecca Hall
Screenplay byRebecca Hall
Based onPassing
by Nella Larsen
Produced by
CinematographyEduard Grau
Edited bySabine Hoffman
Music byDevonte Hynes
Distributed byNetflix
Release dates
  • January 30, 2021 (2021-01-30) (Sundance)
  • October 27, 2021 (2021-10-27) (United States)
Running time
98 minutes[1]
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
Budget$10 million

Passing had its world premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival on January 30, 2021, and began a limited theatrical release on October 27, 2021, prior to streaming on Netflix on November 10. The film received acclaim from critics, who praised Hall's screenplay and direction, and performances of Thompson and Negga. The film was named one of the top ten films of 2021 by the African American Film Critics Association.[4] For her performance, Negga was nominated for the Golden Globe Award, BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild Award in the category of Best Supporting Actress.

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