Paul Thomas Anderson is widely regarded as the master of the close-up in modern day cinema, but he doffed his hat to the skill of If Beale Street Could Talk director Barry Jenkins the other day saying he was "very jealous" of how warm, and open Jenkins' close-ups tended to be. (You can hear PTA and Jenkins discuss their craft as part of the latest The Director’s Cut podcast which focusses on If Beale Street Could Talk). Of course, those close-ups characterised Moonlight and you get a sense of it again in the trailers released so far. We adored Jenkins' film saying it was "a beautiful story about love that everyone can connect with." Hopefully it gets the award recognition it deserves. Watch the final trailer for If Beale Street Could Talk above.
Based on the novel by James Baldwin, “If Beale Street Could Talk” is the story of Tish, a newly-engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while carrying their first-born child. It is a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple, their families and their lives, trying to bring about justice through love, for love and the promise of the American dream.
Jenkins writes and directs, with the cast starring Stephan James, Kiki Layne, Regina King, Teyonah Parris, Colman Domingo, Brian Tyree Henry, Pedro Pascal, Ed Skrein and Dave Franco.
If Beale Street Could Talk opens in the UK on January 19th 2019.