If Beale Street Could Talk

Barry Jenkins, USA 2018, 119’
Moonlight Under the Silver Lake

Barry Jenkins, Academy Award-winner for Moonlight, in a movie based on the book by James Baldwin, talks about the most painful topics: race, violence, and injustice. Set in Harlem in the 1970s, the story of a man accused of a crime he did not commit turns into an atmospheric melodrama.

‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ 'Moonlight' director Barry Jenkins brings a colorful, idealistic eye to James Baldwin's 1974 novel about a young couple tragically separated by a false arrest. (Variety)

Marta Bałaga


  • Academy Awards 2019 - Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Regina King)
  • BET Awards 2019 - Best Actress (Regina King), Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Golden Globes 2019 - Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Regina King)

Barry Jenkins

Barry Jenkins was born in Miami and lives in San Francisco. Before making his feature-length debut, he worked at Banana Republic. His debut, Medicine for Melancholy, won prizes at festivals in Sarasota and San Francisco, as well as three Independent Spirit Awards. Jenkins's second film, Moonlight, has screened at festivals in Telluride, Toronto and New York.

Selected filmography

2003 My Josephine (short)

2003 Little Brown Boy (short)

2008 Medicine for Melancholy

2016 Moonlight

2018 Gdyby ulica Beale umiała mówić / If Beale Street Could Talk

2021 Kolej podziemna / The Underground Railroad (tv series)

Cast & Crew

director Barry Jenkins
screenplay Barry Jenkins (na podstawie książki/based on the book by James Baldwin)
cinematography James Laxton
editing Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders
music Nicholas Britell
cast KiKi Layne, Regina King, Stephan James, Teyonah Parris, Diego Luna, Colman Domingo
producer Dede Gardner, Sara Murphy, Adele Romanski, Barry Jenkins
production Annapurna Pictures, Pastel, Plan B Entertainment
sales Park Circus
language English
coloration colour
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