New ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Trailer: Barry Jenkins’ ‘Moonlight’ Follow-Up Looks Beautiful

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Can Barry Jenkins do it again?

It’s certainly possible. If Beale Street Could Talk, Jenkins’ follow-up to his Best Picture-winning Moonlight, has earned rave reviews out of its Toronto International Film Festival premiere, and the new trailer below certainly provides even more confidence. Based on the acclaimed novel of the same name by James Baldwin, the film follows a couple (played by Kiki Layne and Stephan James) in ’70s Harlem, New York, and the challenges they face expecting their first child while he is incarcerated for a crime he didn’t commit.

It’s looks like a highly emotional, beautifully-shot film, one that could be among the top contenders come next year’s Oscars. If Beale Street Could Talk, also starring recent Primetime Emmy winner Regina King, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Michael Beach, Dave Franco, Diego Luna, Pedro Pascal, Ed Skrein and Brian Tyree Henry, will be hitting US cinemas on 30 November and arrives in Australia on March 7, 2019.

And in case you haven’t checked it out yet, be sure to peruse our list of 15 Films That Could Be Up for Oscars in 2019.

Synopsis for If Beale Street Could Talk:

Following his Best Picture Academy Award winner Moonlight, writer/director Barry Jenkins adapts James Baldwin’s acclaimed novel If Beale Street Could Talk. Set in early-1970s Harlem, New York, If Beale Street Could Talk is the timeless and moving love story of a couple’s unbreakable bond and a family’s empowering embrace, as told through the eyes of 19-year-old Tish (newcomer Kiki Layne). Friends since childhood, Tish and her fiancé Fonny (Stephan James) dream of a future together and are expecting their first child. But their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit. Relying on familial and inner strength, Tish must navigate an unforgiving and racially biased world in If Beale Street Could Talk, an intimate, powerful film in which Jenkins crosses time frames to show how love and humanity ultimately endure.


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