Moonlight

Barry Jenkins

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. 

A heart-rending and heart-warming story about a young black kid growing up to be a man in surroundings where danger lurks everywhere. Chiron has to find his way in life at an early age, without a father and with a drug-addicted mother, while he gradually discovers his sexual identity. In a colourful, warm and scintillating style, this biopic takes us to the feelings cloaked in silence of this lonely outsider.
Based on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue and on his own experiences, Barry Jenkins sketches a poetic narrative with deep understanding of the pain and challenges that growing up in a poor black district of Miami involves. This second film by Jenkins, who already proved his cinematographic vision and unique voice in the film landscape with Medicine for Melancholy (2008), is pioneering in its tender portrayal of black masculinity. Winner Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Picture, winner Warsteiner Audience Award IFFR 2017Also see Masterclass Barry Jenkins.  

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Filmmaker
Barry Jenkins
Premiere
Dutch Premiere
Country
USA
Year
2016
Medium
DCP
Length
111
Language
English
Producer
Dede Gardner / Plan B Entertainment, Jeremy Kleiner / Plan B Entertainment, Adele Romanski
Production Company
A24 , Plan B Entertainment
Sales
A24
Writer
Barry Jenkins
Cinematography
James Laxton
Editor
Nat Sanders, Joi McMillon
Production Design
Hannah Beachler
Sound Design
Chris Giles
Music
Nicholas Britell
Cast
Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Ashton Sanders, Jharrel Jerome, Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali