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8th edition: 10 April - 14 April 2019

If Beale Street Could Talk (2019 Feature Film)

Barry Jenkins | USA | 2018 | color | DCP | 120' | English | n.s.

A moving, lyrical romantic drama that culminates in an emotional tragedy. In this sensual adaptation of James Baldwin’s eponymous novel, a pregnant woman in 1970s Harlem tries to prove her guy’s innocence. The couple are young, in love, and black. Will their love be able to flourish in this repressive, racist society?

In this sensual adaptation of the lyrical, eponymous novel by James Baldwin, a pregnant woman in 1970s Harlem, New York tries to prove the innocence of her lover, who stands accused of raping a white woman.

Just like in the book, scriptwriter and director Barry Jenkins (famous for Oscar winner Moonlight) ponders racial profiling in America. However, the film is more than a somber critique of the political system. Above all, If Beale Street Could Talk celebrates the love between stunning, young, sympathetic Tish and her guy ‘Fonny’. Their bond is tougher than the bad luck that tests their relationship, which just makes the film intensely sad. How cruel is it that a love so pure cannot triumph in a repressive, racist society? The warm colors, lyrical music and astounding performances from KiKi Layne and Stephan James make this romantic drama an unforgettable tragedy.

Place: The Cinemas 6

Date: 10 April 2019

Time: 22:00

Duration: 1:32

Place: The Cinemas 1

Date: 13 April 2019

Time: 15:30

Duration: 1:32

Place: The Cinemas 1

Date: 14 April 2019

Time: 15:45

Duration: 1:32

Year in Festival
Barry Jenkins
James Laxton
KiKi Layne
Stephan James
Regina King
Joi McMillon
Nat Sanders
Nicholas Britell
Chelsea Barnard
Mark Ceryak
Megan Ellison
Sarah Esberg
Caroline Jaczko
Jillian Longnecker
Brad Pitt
Production Design
Mark Friedberg
Annapurna International
Year of Production
Barry Jenkins

Barry JENKINS (1979, USA) studied film at Florida State University and broke through with the feature film Medicine for Melancholy (2008). He has directed multiple short films, was the co-founder of the advertising company Strike Anywhere and became the scriptwriter for the HBO series The Leftovers. Moonlight (2016) won three Oscars including Best Film as well as the audience prize at IFFR 2017. His James Baldwin adaptation If Beale Street Could Talk was nominated for three Oscars.



(selection) My Josephine (2003, short), Little Brown Boy (2003, short), Medicine for Melancholy (2008), A Young Couple (2009, short), Tall Enough (2009, short), Chlorophyl (2011, short), Moonlight (2016), If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)