Annapurna Pictures released the first official trailer for If Beale Street Could Talk, and it’s emotional. This is the first film from the acclaimed screenwriter, director, and producer Berry Jenkins following Moonlight, for which he won the 2017 Oscar for Best Motion Picture.
The film is an adaptation of the James Baldwin novel of the same name. Set in Harlem in the early 1970’s, the film follows 19-year-old Tish Rivers (KiKi Layne) whose engaged to an artist, Alonzo “Fonny” Hunt (Stephan James). Fonny is arrested for a brutal crime he did not commit, and Tish does everything in her power to try to get him out of prison.
“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,” says Annapurna Pictures,
The film also stars Regina King, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Brian Tyree Henry, Michael Beach, Ed Skrein, Diego Luna, Dave Franco and Pedro Pascal. It’s set for limited release sometime in November.