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Kelvin Harrison Jr on How Privilege Plays a Huge Part in ‘Luce’ (Video)

Sundance 2019: ”It’s a culture shock, it’s a difference,“ Harrison Jr. tells TheWrap’s Sharon Waxman

Kelvin Harrison Jr, Naomi Watts, and Tim Roth dropped by The Wrap’s studios at the Sundance Film Festival to talk about “Luce.” TheWrap’s Sharon Waxman asked Harrison Jr how privilege played a part in the film.

“It’s a culture shock, it’s a difference,” said Harrison Jr. “We all come from different places and we have to understand how that affects how we interact with each other as we move forward in life.”

The film, directed by Julius Onah, is based on a play by JC Lee and was shot on 35mm. “Luce” is gripping drama that features performances by Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Kelvin Harrison Jr, and Tim Roth. The film has garnered rave reviews since its Sundance premiere on Sunday.

“Luce” follows Amy and Peter Edgar (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth) who adopted their son Luce (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) from war-torn Eritrea ten years ago. Now Luce is an all-star student athlete, beloved by everyone. After a series of encounters with his teacher, Harriet Wilson (Octavia Spencer), questions about who Luce really is begin to emerge. The psychological drama addresses identity, truth, individuality and race.

Neon, in partnership with Topic Studios, has acquired the rights to “Luce.”