A follow-up to Moonlight, and based on a novel by James Baldwin, Beale Street is set in early-1970s Harlem. It 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). It has been nominated for three Oscars.
“Barry Jenkins’s anguished and mournful If Beale Street Could Talk [tells] familiar story of raw, brutal American racial injustice, and it is devastating.” — Manohla Dargis, New York Times
“You’ve never seen romantic love depicted on screen with such lyrical and gorgeous intensity, or systemic injustice brought to such vivid and enraging life. Film classes will be taught about Jenkins’ use of color.” — Glen Wledon, NPR
“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
Barry Jenkins (written for the screen by), James Baldwin (based on the book by)
KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Colman Domingo