Starring: Zoe Saldana, David Oyelowo, Ella Thomas, Mike Epps, Ronald Guttman
Story: Bio-drama written and directed by Cynthia Mort making her directorial debut in which the film focuses late jazz musician, classical pianist and civil rights activist Nina Simone (Zoe Saldana). The story is largely centered around Simone’s rise to fame and her relationship with her former nurse-turned-manager Clifton Henderson (David Oyelowo).
Best Quotes from Trailer:
Nina Simone: Do you know who I am?
Clifton Henderson: Yeah, my mother used to listen to you.
Nina Simone: [to Henderson] I want you to come with me. We’ll pay you two thousand dollars a month, in return you’ll take care of all my affairs.
[she gets up and places a wad of cash on his leg]
Nina Simone: The plane leaves at 9 am. Ask your mamma.
Nina Simone: I want you get some champagne and bring it upstairs.
[after he’s watered down the champagne]
Clifton Henderson: I brought you some food and your medication.
Nina Simone: I didn’t ask for any of that.
Clifton Henderson: Okay.
[after Nina drink out of the bottle of champagne she realizes it’s watered down, she throws the bottle at Henderson and it smashes against the wall]
Henri Edwards: She’s a complicated lady.
Clifton Henderson: She drinks, she smokes, she’s out of shape.
[as she’s pointing a gun]
Nina Simone: Tell him to get me my money!
Clifton Henderson: Want to go to the gym?
[Nina starts to laugh]
Nina Simone: No.
Clifton Henderson: What happened, Nina? Why are you playing in front of a hundred people and not twenty thousand?
Nina Simone: I’m tired.
Henri Edwards: No one wants to see her play the way she is now.
Nina Simone: I won’t make it.
Clifton Henderson: Yes, you will. I need you to help me make this happen.
Nina Simone: I’ll try.
Clifton Henderson: She needs this.
Nina Simone: I feel free.
Clifton Henderson: You’re astonishing.
Clifton’s Mom: This song kept us marching, made me believe we had a chance.
Interviewer: What is freedom to you?
Nina Simone: I’ll tell you what freedom means to me, no fear! If I didn’t have that for half of my life, no fear is the only way that I could describe it.
Henri Edwards: Everyone thinks that you are crazy.
Nina Simone: What does that have to do with playing music?
Nina is set for release in the US April 22nd.