Every shot looks like a portrait that I would frame
Still riding on the afterglow of Moonlight, esteemed filmmaker Barry Jenkins debuted his new film If Beale Street Could Talk at the Toronto International Film Festival a few weeks ago to widespread acclaim.
Now, a trailer has been released that gives a preview of what one critic called a “masterful poetic romance”. Once again it looks like it has the two things you can guarantee from a Jenkins classic: a tear-jerking narrative, and well lit shots of beautiful black people against a stunning colour pallette.
The film marks the arrival of newcomer Kiki Layne as Clementine “Tish” Rivers, who stars alongside Stephen James as Alonzo Hunt. When Alonzo is wrongfully accused of rape and jailed, Tish finds out she is pregnant and doubles her efforts to fight for his freedom. “I’ve got to hold our baby in my arms,” he says through the prison glass. “We’ll find a way,” she replies.
Joining the couple is a supporting cast of Regina King, Teyonah Parris, and Brian Tyree Henry, and more.
Watch the trailer below.