Sunday, April 7th @ 6:30 PM
Director: Barry Jenkins
Cast: Stephan James, Kiki Layne, Regina King
Runtime: 110 minutes
Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, National Board of Review, New York Film Critics Circle, Best Supporting Actress: Regina King; 83 other wins, 154 nominations.
“This movie works as a timeless romance, a family drama, a legal thriller and a poignant social commentary. A great American novel has been turned into a great American film.”—Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
For the follow-up to his Oscar-winning hit and Film Circuit favourite “Moonlight”, Barry Jenkins returns with this moving period piece about a pregnant woman fighting to prove her fiancé’s innocence after he is wrongfully jailed for rape.
Based on James Baldwin’s 1974 novel of the same name, “If Beale Street Could Talk” marks the first English-language film adaptation of the legendary US writer and activist’s work. Set in the early 1970s in the predominantly Latin American community of East Harlem, the film follows Tish (newcomer Kiki Layne), a 19-year-old woman who falls in love with Fonny (Stephan James, “Race;” “Selma”), a young sculptor. Their brief idyll is broken when Fonny is suddenly arrested, placed in a police line-up (where he is the only black man) and framed for the rape of a local woman.
Tish, who has just discovered she is pregnant, and her family must fight to prove Fonny’s innocence. With this thought-provoking and still-timely story, Jenkins manages to preserve both the politics and the romantic spirit of Baldwin’s celebration of the power of love and hope in times of despair.
One of the most highly anticipated films of the year, “If Beale Street Could Talk” reunites writer-director Jenkins with “Moonlight’s” powerhouse production team for a stunning and honest story of an American couple determined to fight for love, freedom, and justice in their own society.
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