We had a chance to speak to one of the visionaries who created the best movie of the year. ‘Moonlight’ directed by Barry Jenkins follows the life in three acts of a young black man living in Miami struggling with the realities of his homosexuality.
Jenkins explains how a story so alien and obtuse to viewers like me (white, bearded, never had to face anything that resembles struggle) could connect so vividly.
“ I never thought about anyone else caring about the character. I just wanted to make sure I brought the right empathy to the character and preserved the writers voice…I just tried to get it right so that guy like you could see this and think “Oh my god I know what it’s like to feel rooted to a place and have that place bring you up in such a way that you start to bury yourself and retract”
The actor who played the adult version of ‘Black’ had many questions about how the previous actors had portrayed the character at different points in his life, Jenkins claims that his process involved listening to the other actors first before seeing them.
In the movie that attention to detail made for one of the most impactful moments when ‘Black” reverted to his more fundamental, vulnerable self when faced by a ghost from his past.
Ultimately, this film is more of an art piece that satisfies all your sense than a simple story. Visually stunning, narratively robust and emotionally piercing.
Simply, it’s superlative. The best film to put to screen all year.