Oscar-winning director of Moonlight, Barry Jenkins is not resting on his laurels. His highly anticipated follow-up, If Beale Street Could Talk, premiered at Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews and opens in UK cinemas, February 2019. We bring you a first look at the trailer.
The film is based on the acclaimed novel of the same name by James Baldwin. It’s a stunning film that’s not only a beautiful love story but resonates with much of the what is happening in today’s world.
What’s the film about?
In early 1970s Harlem, Tish, a nineteen-year old girl, is in love with a young sculptor, Fonny, the father of her unborn child. When Fonny is falsely accused of rape and imprisoned, Tish and their families race to clear his name before the baby is born. A story about love persisting in the face of racial oppression and injustice, Jenkins brings together a talented young cast which includes Stephan James (Selma, Race) as Fonny and newcomer Kiki Layne as Tish.
Describing his new film at the Toronto Internal Film Festival (TIFF), Barry Jenkins said: “I wrote the screenplay for If Beale St Could Talk back in the summer of 2013, at the same time I wrote the screenplay for what would eventually become Moonlight, so I consider them a pair. This is a companion piece about Black love, Black Life, Black Family. I like to say that Moonlight is the family that I grew up in and If Beale St Could Talk is the family that I, maybe wish, that I had.”
Watch the trailer below: