There's a noticeable dearth of black queer stories told on film. While filmmakers like Lee Daniels, Patrik-Ian Polk and Stephen Winter have made great strides in cinematic depictions of queer people of color, there's no, say, black Brokeback Mountain—the gay romantic masterpiece by which all gay romantic masterpieces are judged.
But from the looks of the trailer alone, writer/director Barry Jenkins might have filled that void with Moonlight.
From the film's distributor, A24:
Barry Jenkins more than fulfills the promise of his 2008 romantic two-hander Medicine for Melancholy in this three-part narrative spanning the childhood, adolescence, and adulthood of a gay African-American man who survives Miami’s drug-plagued inner city, finding love in unexpected places and the possibility of change within himself.
Moonlight offers a powerful sense of place and a wealth of unpredictable characters, featuring a fantastic ensemble cast including André Holland, Trevante Rhodes, Naomie Harris, and Mahershala Ali—delivering performances filled with inner conflict and aching desires that cut straight to the heart.
Watch the powerful trailer below: