"If Beale Street Could Talk", starring KiKi Laye, Stephan James, Regina King. Rated 14A
The Sylvan Lake Film Society works with Film Circuit, a division of the Toronto International Film Festival Group. "With over 195 groups in 163 communities across Canada, Film Circuit is essential in helping TIFF lead the world in building markets and audiences for Canadian cinema."
The Sylvan Lake Film Society, a Sylvan Lake Municipal Library program, provides transformative film experiences to filmgoers in the community. They are very proud of the variety of movies shown in the past and hope to continue the experience in the years ahead. Film Society shows its movies at Landmark Cinemas the last Monday of the month in January, February, March, April, September, and October.
Tickets and Season Passes are available for purchase at the Library, or at Landmark Cinemas the night of the showing.
Monday, March 25, 7:00 p.m.
If Beale Street Could Talk
For the follow-up to his Oscar-winning hit and Film Circuit favourite Moonlight, Barry Jenkins returns with this moving period piece about a pregnant woman fighting to prove her fiancé’s innocence after he is wrongfully jailed for rape. Based on James Baldwin’s 1974 novel of the same name, If Beale Street Could Talk marks the first English-language film adaptation of the legendary US writer and activist’s work. Set in the early 1970s in the predominantly Latin American community of East Harlem, the film follows Tish (newcomer Kiki Layne), a 19-year-old woman who falls in love with Fonny (Stephan James, Race; Selma), a young sculptor. Their brief idyll is broken when Fonny is suddenly arrested, placed in a police lineup — in which he is the only Black man — and framed for the rape of a local woman. Tish, who has just discovered she is pregnant, and her family must fight to prove Fonny’s innocence. With this thought-provoking and still-timely story, Jenkins manages to preserve both the politics and the romantic spirit of Baldwin’s celebration of the power of love and hope in times of despair.
One of the most highly anticipated films of the year, If Beale Street Could Talk reunites writer-director Jenkins with Moonlight’s powerhouse production team for a stunning and honest story of an American couple determined to fight for love, freedom, and justice in their own society. (TIFF)