If Beale Street Could Talk

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1hr 59mins // directed by:Barry Jenkins // featuring:KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King // CC, AD, Assisted Listening

Academy Award-winning writer/director Barry Jenkins’ first film since the Best Picture Oscar- winning Moonlight is If Beale Street Could Talk, his adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel — the first English-language feature film based on the work of the author, to whom the movie is dedicated.

Set in early-1970s Harlem, If Beale Street Could Talk is a timeless and moving love story of both a couple’s unbreakable bond and the African-American family’s empowering embrace, as told through the eyes of 19-year-old Tish Rivers (screen newcomer KiKi Layne). A daughter and wife-to-be, Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected she and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny (Stephan James). Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.

★★★★ "Jenkins uses his filmmaking skills much as he did in the Oscar-winning Moonlight, with James Laxton’s honeyed, luminescent cinematography and Nicholas Britell’s almost painfully beautiful score establishing a hyperreal sense of experience — of life lived absolutely in the present tense." — Ty Burr, Boston Globe

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"If Beale Street Could Talk is at once a tribute to love and a call for its defense against racist hatred, all told in an artfully composed tragedy." — Monica Castillo, NPR

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"If Beale Street Could Talk is an impressive, mature, and determined work that ably reaches the great heights it sets for itself." — David Sims, The Atlantic

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