Must Watch: First Trailer for Barry Jenkins' 'Moonlight' Set in Miami
by Alex Billington
August 11, 2016
"At some point you gotta decide for yourself who you gunna be, can't let nobody make that decision for you." Wow. A24 has debuted the official trailer for a film called Moonlight, an emotional drama set across three different timelines following the story of a young boy coming to grips with his own sexuality during the Way on Drugs era in Miami. Ashton Sanders stars as the older Chiron, with an impressive ensemble cast including Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali, André Holland, Tre' Rhodes and Janelle Monáe. From the trailer this looks phenomenal, and I've already been hearing great buzz from a couple of people who have been lucky enough to see it already. The music in this trailer adds so much emotion, and there's some stunning shots from cinematographer James Laxton. This film should definitely be on your radar now.
Here's the first official trailer (+ posters) for Barry Jenkins' Moonlight, direct from A24's YouTube:
Moonlight is the tender, heartbreaking story of a young man's (Ashton Sanders) struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality. Set across three different time periods as Chiron battles a deteriorating home life and deals with his dawning sexuality. Moonlight is both written and directed by filmmaker Barry Jenkins, of the film Medicine for Melancholy previously. It's based on the play by Tarell McCraney. The film will first premiere at film festivals this fall, before arriving in theaters. A24 will open Barry Jenkins' Moonlight in select theaters starting October 21st in a few more months. First impression?
Definitely something I'll check for at TIFF this year
Bibowski on Aug 11, 2016
Carpola on Aug 11, 2016
Wow. This looks artfully directed. A24 seems to be producing some quality content these days...
RAW_D on Aug 11, 2016
A24 has been bringing some amazingly good films to the screen. I'm fully in for this. I'm not non NY or LA, so I'm just hoping that I'll get to see it sometime this year.
Movie Bear on Aug 11, 2016
I was having doubts about this before I saw the trailer. Now, I am, as the song says, the believer ...
shiboleth on Aug 11, 2016
Matthew on Aug 11, 2016
This blew me away. Checks practically every box. This will be an amazing film.
DAVIDPD on Aug 12, 2016
Compelling. Real. Looks like a must watch.
Quanah on Aug 13, 2016
Anyone know what the music is in the trailer?
Samantha Giffin on Sep 13, 2016
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