If Beale Street Could Talk is Barry Jenkins‘ latest directorial effort following the Academy Award-winning Moonlight.
While the film will be released in December, it has already made the festival rounds at TIFF. And many see that the film could earn some big nominations. Now, there is one last trailer to remind you that the film is coming. Check it out, below.
Critics hail Jenkins’ work as groundbreaking and have called it a beautiful adaptation of James Baldwin‘s novel of the same name. Though I haven’t seen it yet, I was completely floored by Moonlight, and I have hopes that I will feel the same when watching If Beale Street Could Talk. Certainly, other trailers we’ve seen speak to that.
With this final trailer, I feel that it will live up to the hype. Of course, I could be setting my expectations up too high. But I firmly believe that this could be the film of the year.
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
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 her 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.
That synopsis is such a beautiful description of a relationship having to endure the hardships of being apart. Then there is the use of The Fugees’ cover of “Killing Me Softly.” It doesn’t get any more powerful than that.
If Beale Street Could Talk stars KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Brian Tyree Henry, Michael Beach, Ed Skrein, Diego Luna, Dave Franco, and Pedro Pascal.