Tessa Thompson, Nnamdi Asomugha Talk Black Love on the Big Screen at 'Sylvie's Love' Drive-In Premiere

SYLVIE'S LOVE Drive-In Premiere
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Director Eugene Ashe, Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha attends Amazon Studios “Sylvie's Love” Drive In on Sunday, December 20 at the Calamigos Ranch.

The film's stars introduced the Amazon romance at its debut screening in Malibu on Sunday.

Sylvie's Love, the upcoming Amazon romance feature starring Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha, made its big-screen debut on Sunday night with a drive-in screening at Malibu's Calamigos Ranch.

The film follows star-crossed lovers Sylvie (Thompson) and Robert (Asomugha) in 1950s Harlem, after finding love one summer and being torn apart by their career aspirations, only to reconnect years later.

The two stars, along with writer and director Eugene Ashe, were on hand to present the movie, with Asomugha, who was also a producer on the project, saying, "When we first made the film, the dream was for it to be on a big screen like this, in a theater, but the pandemic happened and plans changed. But we’re here and we’re grateful to Amazon for giving us this opportunity to show it in the way we intended it to be when we made it."

Speaking to the crowd of cars, Thompson added, "This is a film that celebrates [not only] Black love but love in general, and the ways in which it is so essential, even, and especially, in moments of struggle and strife and I think we all know that. I just want to say it’s no small feat to get out of your homes these days so thank you so much for being here," shouting out her cast and crew and the "people that I love somewhere in those cars."

Upon arrival at the ranch, guests had their temperatures taken and were given gift bags and an in-vehicle dinner, while Motown classics played over the radio. After the film, hot chocolate and flowers were handed out at the exit. Co-star Ryan Michelle Bathe was also in attendance, along with special guests Kate Flannery, MC Lyte and director Catherine Hardwicke.

"This is our Christmas present to you so sit back and relax and we ask you to believe in love again," Ashe told attendees. Sylvie's Love starts streaming on Amazon on Wednesday.