If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 57min
  • Directed by: Barry Jenkins
  • Cast: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King
  • UK release: 18 January 2019

Tish (Layne) and Fonny (James) are friends since childhood who grow up to realise that they’re soulmates, but then Fonny gets arrested and charged with rape. Jenkins’s follow-up to Moonlight is an enchanting, heartbreaking love story, adapted from James Baldwin’s novel. A great film with anger in its tender heart.

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In early 1970s Harlem, daughter and wife-to-be Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt.

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Barry Jenkins on If Beale Street Could Talk: 'It's like I had a contract with myself. This was the best thing to do'

5 Feb 2019

Oscar-winning director discusses his critically acclaimed adaptation of James Baldwin's novel

'It still surprises me that we've ended up at this place,' remarks Barry Jenkins. The Oscar-winning director of Moonlight is back with his new film, a perfectly-judged adaptation of James Baldwin's If Beale Street Could Talk. But when he first sat down…

If Beale Street Could Talk

11 Sep 20184 stars

TIFF 2018: Heartbreaking and gorgeously crafted love story from Moonlight's Barry Jenkins

Writer-director Barry Jenkins follows his Best Picture Oscar-winner Moonlight with a gorgeously crafted heartbreak of a love story. His screen version of James Baldwin's 1974 novel confirms his reputation as a hopeless romantic and an exceptional…

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