Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk” world premiered to universal acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, and now Annapurna has debuted gorgeous new footage courtesy of the drama’s official trailer. “Beale Street” is Jenkins’ first directorial effort since “Moonlight” won him screenplay honors and best picture at the 2017 Oscars. The film is adapted from James Baldwin’s novel of the same name.
“Beale Street” stars newcomer Kiki Layne as Clementine “Tish” Rivers, a young woman who fights to exonerate her imprisoned boyfriend after he is wrongfully accused of rape. The pressure to get Alonzo “Fonny” Hunt (Stephen James) out of jail becomes heightened after Tish discovers she is pregnant. The supporting cast includes Regina King, Teyonah Parris, and Brian Tyree Henry.
IndieWire’s Eric Kohn hailed “Beale Street” as a “masterful poetic romance” in his A- review out of TIFF. The drama is one of Annapurna’s top awards contenders this fall. The studio is also distributing “The Sisters Brothers” and Adam McKay’s untitled Dick Cheney drama in theaters this fall.
“If Beale Street Could Talk” opens in select U.S. theaters November 30. Watch the official trailer below.