Director: Barry Jenkins
Cast: Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Duan Sanderson
Runtime: 111 minutes
Showtime: April 20, 2017 @ 8:40 pm
Admission: $6 members $9 Non-members
and on April 30th @ 4:45 pm: Members $7 Non Members $10
Academy Award: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Mahershala Ali, Best Adapted Screenplay.
Golden Globe: Best Picture, Drama; Toronto Film Critics Association Awards: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor. 179 other awards, 242 nominations.
“Moonlight is both a disarmingly, at times almost unbearably personal film and an urgent social document, a hard look at American reality and a poem written in light, music and vivid human faces.”—A.O. Scott, New York Times
Moonlight’s portrait of life in the Liberty City neighbourhood of Miami in the 1980s is certainly gritty, where growing up gay ain’t easy.
Moonlight tells the tale of Chiron, whose life is harrowing and heartbreaking. Bullied at school, he is taken in by a man (Mahershala Ali) who becomes a surrogate father to him, one who also supplies the drugs that make his addict mother unbearable to live with, an odd contradiction the boy has to process.
The story unfolds in three chapters; first, Chiron (nicknamed Little) is a mere boy, cowed into near-silence by the unforgiving world around him; second (where he’s known as Black), an adolescent who has prove that he’s not “soft,” and third, an adult who has the opportunity to establish himself anew.
Director Barry Jenkins extracts impressive performances from Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, and Trevante Rhodes who play Chiron in different stages of his life. Ali (House of Cards), effortlessly dominates the screen exuding power without graphic execution. Naomie Harris gives an equally impassioned performance as the boy’s mother, at once a witch and clutching guardian.
Love is the one thing we all seek in life. That’s what Moonlight is about.
Many thanks to Caribou and The Keg for sponsoring this film.