If Beale Street Could Talk
Sunday February 17th, 2019 6:00pm-8:00pm
Roi Theatre - Smithers, BC
Based on the James Baldwin novel of the same name, a story of resilience, and perseverance about the ordinary and average under class, as they try to navigate their way through a society that is -- at best -- indifferent to their place within it. A story of love and injustice that burns with a gentle flame, occasionally blazing into a white heat.
(USA) 114 minute
According to Rotten Tomatoes...
94% on the Tomato Meter, 75% Audience Score. https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/if_beale_street_could_talk
Set in early-1970s Harlem, If Beale Street Could Talk is a timeless and moving love story of both a couple's unbreakable bond and the African-American family's empowering embrace, as told through the eyes of 19-year-old Tish Rivers (screen newcomer KiKi Layne). A daughter and wife-to-be, Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny (Stephan James). Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. 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.
Rating: R (for language and some sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By: Barry Jenkins (III)
Written By: Barry Jenkins (III)
In Theaters: Dec 14, 2018 limited
Runtime: 117 minutes
Studio: Annapurna Pictures