Director Barry Jenkins’ follow-up to his Academy Award®-winning MOONLIGHT, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK (2018) is a moving adaptation of author James Baldwin’s 1974 novel – and a masterpiece unto itself, recognized in the year of its release with an AFI AWARD, naming it among the most outstanding motion pictures of year. According to the official rationale, “IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK is a lush and lyrical ode to romance that soars amidst the dark clouds of an unjust America. It’s a film that springs to life from Barry Jenkins’ symphonic mastery of emotion and inequality – adapted with affection and insight from the poetic words of James Baldwin. Stand-out performances by KiKi Layne and Stephan James transcend the film’s time period and demand attention be paid today, with Regina King’s fiercely sympathetic embodiment of family and community reminding audiences ‘to trust love all the way.'”
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