Audience Award - «If Beale Street Could Talk»

 

After winning the Oscar for Moonlight (31st Festival), Barry Jenkins adapted If Beale Street Could Talk, a novel from the African American writer James Baldwin, a key figure in 20th century literature in the United States and in the civil rights movement. The art scene of Greenwich Village and jazz serve as backdrop for this story of love and injustice, told by its own protagonist: a young pregnant woman who is trying to prove that her partner has not committed the terrible crime that he has been sent to prison for, before their child is born. Taking the form of a romantic melodrama, the film puts its sociopolitical content in close-up, with its characters living on the edge within the Afro-American community, which suffers the police brutality of the 1970s. Once again, Jenkins develops a visual and musical elegy (composed by Nicholas Britell) of extreme sensitivity and detail.

 

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