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watch: trailer for barry jenkins’ ‘beale street’

September 20, 2018
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Finally, the trailer for Barry Jenkins adaptation of James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk has dropped, and it looks absolutely breathtaking. A melancholy story of black love and tragedy, Baldwin’s tale follows a young couple, Fonny and Tish, in a then-modern-day Harlem. Tish, who is pregnant with the couple’s child, is forced to prove Fonny’s innocence when he is falsely accused of rape.

Working closely with the Baldwin estate, Jenkins has been fine-tuning the film’s screenplay since the summer of 2013 (which is also when he wrote the Oscar-winning Moonlight).

“We are delighted to entrust Barry Jenkins with this adaptation,” Baldwin’s sister, Gloria Karefa-Smart, said in a statement, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “Barry is a sublimely conscious and gifted filmmaker, whose [2008 film] Medicine for Melancholy impressed us so greatly that we had to work with him.”

“To translate the power of Tish and Fonny’s love to the screen in Baldwin’s image is a dream I’ve long held dear,” says Jenkins. “Working alongside the Baldwin Estate, I’m excited to finally make that dream come true

If Beale Street Could Talk is scheduled to be released in the U.S. on November 30th.

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