If Beale Street Could Talk

MA15 119 mins

About the film

Release Date: Feb 14, 2019
Director: Barry Jenkins
Actors: KiKi Layne, Stephan James
Two years ago, Director Barry Jenkins won Best Picture at the Oscars for Moonlight, a devastatingly emotional look at identity, deprivation and the search for connection that binds us all. For his follow-up, Jenkins returned to a project he’s been trying to make for years, an adaptation of James Baldwin’s passionate depiction of love and loss in 1970’s Harlem. The result is luminous, lyrical and devastating. Jenkins brings out achingly heartfelt performances from Stephan James (SELMA), Regina King (BOYZ N THE HOOD), and newcomer KiKi Layne.

Set in early-1970s Harlem, Tish and Fonny are friends from childhood and fall deeply in love as they grow into young adults. The devoted couple dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested and falsely accused of rape. Tish finds herself pregnant soon after and both their lives become intensely uncertain. As Tish and her family fight to exonerate Fonny and make a life for their incoming child, it becomes clearer and clearer that the odds are stacked against them. In a flawed legal justice system Tish’s father Joseph (Colman Domingo) and Fonny’s dad Frank (Michael Beach) raise money for an idealistic lawyer (Finn Wittrock) who’s doing what he can. Meanwhile, Tish’s mum Sharon (Regina King) goes to great lengths to seek out the evidence that could free him.

Accompanied by a lush jazz score, composer Nicholas Britell, finds the haunting beauty amidst the oppression and grime of ‘70s New York. This film is powerful and wonderfully restrained in its approach to love, hardship and the cruelty of race relations.

GOLDEN GLOBES ACHIEVEMENTS: Nominated for Best Motion Picture, Drama; WINNER for Best Supporting Actress (Regina King); Nominated for Best Screenplay (Barry Jenkins)

WINNER: Regina King - Best Supporting Actress - 2019 Golden Globes

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