If Beale Street Could Talk (2019)
Academy Award-winner Barry Jenkins brings his highly anticipated next feature to the screen, an adaptation of James Baldwin’s stunning novel, If Beale Street Could Talk.
In early 1970’s Harlem, Tish Rivers, a nineteen-year old girl, is in love with a young sculptor, Fonny, the father of her unborn child.
When Fonny is falsely accused of rape and imprisoned, Tish and their families race to clear his name before the baby is born. A story about love persisting in the face of racial oppression and injustice, Jenkins brings together a talented young cast which includes Stephan James (Selma, Race) as Fonny and newcomer Kiki Layne as Tish.
Regina King won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her part as Sharon Rivers (Tish’s mum). The film was also nominated for Best Achievement in Music and Best Adapted Screenplay.
“A heart-stopping love story” – Mark Kermode ★★★★★
“Powerful but not self-righteous” – EMPIRE ★★★★★
“Magical filmmaking that finds beauty in the most unlikely places” – The Independent ★★★★★