Running time 1h 59min | Directed by Barry Jenkins | USA | Drama, literature

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Rated R

Based on the novel written by James Baldwin and directed by Academy Award winner Barry Jenkins, and set in early-1970s Harlem, If Beale Street Could Talk 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 (KiKi Layne). A daughter and wife-to-be, Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected she and her artist 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 honors 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. (c) Annapurna Pictures

If Beale Street Could Talk was filmed on location in Harlem with the cooperation of Baldwin’s estate and family, marking the first time movie rights to Baldwin’s work were given to an American filmmaker. It is the first movie from writer/director Barry Jenkins since his Best Picture Academy Award winner Moonlight, and the film is dedicated to Mr. Baldwin.

Nominated for three Golden Globes — Best Motion Picture-Drama, Best Screenplay-Motion Picture, and Best Supporting Actress-Motion Picture

Official Selection — Toronto, New York, London, Montréal Film Festivals

 

 

An intoxicating, intimate work from a born filmmaker, If Beale Street Could Talk is an elegant poem of a film.
Adam Graham | Detroit News | Full review

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 Weldon | NPR | Full review

Even at its most grim and precarious, an indestructible core anchors If Beale Street Could Talk, lending it gravitas and hard-won hope.
Ann Hornaday | Washington Post | Full review

Jenkins has created a visual love story that also forces people outside the Black experience to feel — through the ever-looming presence of time in the narrative — just how hard it is to love and live #WhileBlack in America then and now.
Jonita Davis | Black Girl Nerds | Full review

Beale Street is a street in New Orleans, where my father, where Louis Armstrong and the jazz were born.

Every black person born in America was born on Beale Street, born in the black neighborhood of some American city, whether in Jackson, Mississippi, or in Harlem, New York. Beale Street is our legacy. This novel deals with the impossibility and the possibility, the absolute necessity, to give expression to this legacy.

Beale Street is a loud street. It is left to the reader to discern a meaning in the beating of the drums.

— James Baldwin