FILM IN LINGUA ORIGINALE

Il prossimo film in lingua originale è If Beale Street Could Talk, in programma al Visionario lunedì 18 febbraio ore 19.10.

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If Beale Street Could Talk is a 2018 American romantic drama film directed and written by Barry Jenkins, based on James Baldwin’s novel of the same name. It stars KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Michael Beach, Dave Franco, Diego Luna, Pedro Pascal, Ed Skrein, Brian Tyree Henry and Regina King. It follows a young African-American woman who, with her family’s support, seeks to clear the name of her wrongly charged lover and prove his innocence before the birth of their child.

The film received numerous accolades and nominations. Critics lauded the acting (particularly King), Jenkins’ screenplay and direction, the cinematography and musical score. It was chosen by both the National Board of Review and American Film Institute as one of the Top 10 Films of 2018.

Set in early-1970s Harlem, If Beale Street Could Talk follows a young African-American woman, Clementine “Tish” Rivers who seeks to clear the name of her wrongly charged lover Alonzo “Fonny” Hunt, arrested for raping a woman, and prove his innocence before the birth of their child.

The story tracks Fonny and Tish’s life together, starting around the time she realizes she’s pregnant. As it moves around, jumping from the present to the past and back, it replays scenes from their shared childhood in Harlem and, after their friendship turns to romance, their budding life together. The story eventually focuses on the present with Fonny in jail and Tish fighting — with help from their families — to get him released. Despite the fact that it would have been virtually impossible for him to have travelled from the scene of the crime to the apartment where he was arrested in the amount of time between the rape and the arrest, the case against Fonny is considered strong due to Officer Bell’s testimony, where he claims seeing Fonny fleeing the scene and Victoria Rogers, the victim, identifying Fonny in a lineup as her rapist. Tish, as well as Fonny’s friend, Daniel, were with him at the time of the rape, but his alibi isn’t considered reliable. ….

“… Through the unique intimacy and power of cinema, If Beale Street Could Talk honours the author’s prescient words and imagery, charting the emotional currents navigated in an unforgiving and racially biased world as the filmmaker poetically crosses time frames to show how love and humanity endure.” (Rotten Tomatoes)