'Moonlight': Black Queer Youth Drama Releases Powerful Trailer
From Shadow and Act:
The film, based on the play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” by award-winning playwright Tarell McCraney, is a triptych drama about black queer youth, following Miami kids as they navigate the temptations of the drug trade and their burgeoning sexuality.
Here’s the NYFF festival’s write-up: “Barry Jenkins more than fulfills the promise of his 2008 romantic two-hander ‘Medicine for Melancholy’ in this three-part narrative spanning the childhood, adolescence, and adulthood of a gay African-American man who survives Miami’s drug-plagued inner city, finding love in unexpected places and the possibility of change within himself. ‘Moonlight’ offers a powerful sense of place and a wealth of unpredictable characters, featuring a fantastic ensemble cast including André Holland, Trevante Rhodes, Naomie Harris, and Mahershala Ali—delivering performances filled with inner conflict and aching desires that cut straight to the heart.”
Look for Moonlight in limited release (New York and Los Angeles) on Oct. 21 with an expanded release around the country thereafter.