Barry JENKINS (1979, USA) studied Film at the Florida State University and his breakout film was the feature-length Medicine for Melancholy (2008). He made several shorts, co-founded an advertising company called Strike Anywhere and became a writer for the HBO series The Leftovers. Moonlight (2016), his first feature film in eight years, won three Oscars, including Best Film, and the Warsteiner Audience Award at IFFR 2017.
(selection) My Josephine (2003, short), Little Brown Boy (2003, short), Medicine for Melancholy (2008), A Young Couple (2009, short), Tall Enough (2009, short), Chlorophyl (2011, short), Moonlight (2016)
Barry Jenkins at IFFR
Young woman wrestles with her identity and failed relationship, reflected in the city of Miami. A cinematographic exploration of change as a natural process, the way chlorophyll makes photosynthesis possible in leaves.
Medicine for Melancholy
An uneasy one-night stand in San Francisco unexpectedly leads to a day of museum visits, political debates and cautious overtures. Impressive debut by Moonlight director Barry Jenkins, who is now regarded as a key figure in modern American Black Cinema. Filmed in the tradition of romantic widely-roaming films like Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise and Claire Denis's Friday Night.
American indie sensation shows the life of a black man as he grows from being the poor child of a single, addicted mother into a tough adult continually wracked with doubt. This poetic narration about the exploration of identity, sexuality and bonding is pioneering in its tender portrayal of black masculinity. It has already won many prizes.
Two Arab immigrants work in a launderette where, just after 9/11, American flags are washed free of charge. While they fold flags meticulously, true love unfolds.
A future San Francisco is inhabited only by affluent people. The authorities lure others into the city to do manual labour in exchange for free education.
An interracial love story, made for Bloomingdale's department store, but there’s not a product in sight. A visual and introspective study of love in Jenkins' typical cinematographic style.