Today, on what would be the 94th birthday of the great American novelist, poet, and social critic, James Baldwin. Barry Jenkins, the next great Americana filmmaker along with Annapurna Pictures has released the first official trailer for his big-screen adaptation of Baldwin's masterpiece, If Beale Street Could Talk.
The first look trailer shows off more stunning work from Jenkins who wowed audiences two years ago with his directorial debut and Best Picture winner, Moonlight. If Beale Street Could Talk plays as good as this trailer suggest it will, expect a huge awards season push for this beautiful looking film. Emotional, poetic, and straight-up Americana! This film just became one of my absolute must see films of the Fall.
Here's the synopsis of the acclaimed novel,
"Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen-year-old girl, in love with Fonny, a young sculptor who is the father of her child, Baldwin’s story mixes the sweet and the sad. Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married, but Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and imprisoned. Their families set out to clear his name, and as they face an uncertain future, the young lovers experience a kaleidoscope of emotions–affection, despair, and hope. In a love story that evokes the blues, where passion and sadness are inevitably intertwined, Baldwin has created two characters so alive and profoundly realized that they are unforgettably ingrained in the American psyche."
If Beale Street Could Talk will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, before hitting theaters on November 30th.
Enjoy the beautiful trailer below.