#SheReviews If Beale Street Could Talk

February 11, 2019

KiKi Layne as Tish and Stephan James as Fonny star in Barry Jenkins' IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, an Annapurna Pictures release.

Academy Award-winning writer/director Barry Jenkins’ first film since the Best Picture Oscar Winning Moonlight is IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, his adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel – the first English-language feature film based on the work of the author, to whom the movie is dedicated.

Set in early-1970s Harlem, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK is told through the eyes of 19 year old Tish Riversa (KiKi Layne) and shows a moving love story with her 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.

Through the unique intimacy and power of cinema, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK honours the author’s prescient words and imagery, charting the emotional currents navigated in an unforgiving and racially biased world as the filmmaker poetically crosses time frames to show how love and humanity endure.

In cinemas this Thursday the 14th of February.

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