*In this episode of the AAFCA podcast, co-founder and president, Gil Robertson talks to writer and director Barry Jenkins about his latest film, “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Gil also talks to cast members of the highly anticipated film including Kiki Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, and Colman Domingo.
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“If Beale Street Could Talk” is an adaptation of the legendary American author James Baldwin’s 5th novel that follows a young Black couple (Layne and James) as their idyllic lives are destroyed after he is falsely accused of rape.
The lushly shot and well-acted ensemble deals with themes of family values, the criminal justice system and the trauma of racism, as it follows the couple and their two families as they seek to fight for their love (and his freedom) before the birth of their child.
The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and is already a big hit with film critics scoring major wins from both the National Board of Review and American Film Institute as one of the Top 10 Films of 2018.
It has also earned several major nominations for the upcoming 76th Golden Globe Awards and recently won AAFCA Awards for Best Independent Film and Best Actress for King that will be handed out on February 6th.
“If Beale Street Could Talk” is firmly on a trajectory to match Jenkin’s last effort “Moonlight,” which of course earned an Academy Award for Best Motion Picture of 2016. The movie opened nationwide on December 25.
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