April 22 29, 2020
April 2229, 2020

IFFBoston

independent film festival boston

IFFBoston Fall Focus 2016

Oct
23
MOONLIGHT
7:30,
Brattle Theatre
  • Admission is FREE
  • Passes are required. Download and print your pass. (Adobe Acrobat is required to open and print the pass.)
  • Please arrive early. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and is NOT guaranteed. Theatre is not responsible for seating over capacity.

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Writer-director Barry Jenkins made waves with his feature debut MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY (IFFBoston 2008). Not only did it give the hipster-romance-indie genre a much-needed shot of artistic vigour, but—unlike most of those films—it took place in an America where race and class are defining aspects of life. Now, Jenkins’ sophomore feature MOONLIGHT makes good on MELANCHOLY’s promise. This is an impeccably crafted study of African-American masculinity from a vital creative voice in contemporary cinema.

Though his story is set in Miami, Jenkins shuns the familiar neon-lit aesthetic that the likes of Michael Mann have associated with the Florida hot spot. Instead, he shows a different kind of life, miles away from South Beach, in an area hit by a crack epidemic. It’s here that we meet young Chiron.

Bullied at school and beaten down by a harsh home life, Chiron risks becoming a statistic: another black man dominated and ultimately destroyed by the system. Despite his small stature and taciturn nature, Chiron is a survivor, and, as he grows, it becomes clear that his real battle isn’t even on the streets. It’s an internal one: reckoning with his complex love for his best friend.

MOONLIGHT takes Chiron from childhood to his teens to adulthood, but it absolutely defies coming-of-age conventions. Instead of offering a clear progression of time, Jenkins plunges us into an atmospheric subjectivity, an impressionistic vision of Chiron’s psyche in which sensuality, pain, and unhealed wounds take centre stage with staggering power.

Anchored in an unforgettable performance by emerging talent Trevante Rhodes (as the older Chiron), MOONLIGHT explores the human need to feel connected. But although its themes could be called “universal,” they are firmly grounded in a specific understanding of African-American experience. This film was waiting to be made, and Jenkins was the one to make it.

—Toronto International Film Festival guide

Directed by:
Barry Jenkins

Starring:
Mahershala Ali
Naomie Harris
Trevante Rhodes
André Holland
Janelle Monáe
Ashton Sanders
Jharrel Jerome
Alex Hibbert
Jaden Piner

Sunday, October 237:30Brattle Theatre40 Brattle Street
Harvard Square
Cambridge

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