Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Alex Hibbert, Jaden Piner, Herman ’Caheej’ McCloun, Eddie Blanchard, Ashton Sanders & Janelle Monáe
Director: Barry Jenkins
Running Time: 110 minutes
Certificate: 15 - contains strong language, sex, sex references and drug misuse
WINNER OF THREE OSCARS INCLUDING BEST PICTURE & BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (MAHERSHALA ALI)
NOMINATED FOR 4 BAFTAs INCLUDING BEST FILM, BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (MAHERSHALA ALI) & BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (NAOMIE HARRIS)
GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD WINNER: BEST FILM (DRAMA)
"A heartbreaking, uplifting, minor-key masterpiece. In these uncertain times, we need storytellers such as Jenkins more than ever - people who can turn a tale of conflict and hardship into a symphony of love and friendship that endures through all the pain. I doubt that I will see a better film than Moonlight this year"
- Mark Kermode, The Observer
"This film is, without a doubt, the reason we go to the movies: to understand, to come closer, to ache - hopefully with another. As for Moonlight’s final passage, there is no sequence this year that matches it"
- Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out
"Barry Jenkins’ astonishing film is both proudly black and refreshingly queer. It’s a thrilling, deeply necessary work that opens up a much-needed and rarely approached on-screen conversation about the nature of gay masculinity"
- Ben Lee, The Observer
"A masterpiece... Moonlight is mesmerically, sometimes swooningly, shot and scored, and well-acted all round too. It is bound to gain traction in this year’s awards season"
- David Sexton, Evening Standard
"Coming across the Atlantic on a tide of Oscar talk - and transcending all expected cliches - Moonlight is an elegiac, painful film that explores the strangeness of growing up gay in Miami’s black community in the 1980s"
- Kate Muir, The Times
"Sensitive, subtle and heartfelt, Jenkins’ genre-buster is a significant work that will knock you out. Moonlight is almost impossible to categorise; it’s a superbly crafted piece of work that frequently takes a sledgehammer to the stereotypes too easily associated with African-American cinema"
- Rob James, Total Film
"A profoundly moving film about growing up as a gay man in disguise, realised with staggering care and delicacy. We’re starved of these narratives and Jenkins’ electrifying drama showcases why they are so hugely important. It is a stunning achievement"
- Benjamin Lee, The Guardian
Miami. The 1980s. Chiron is a reticent child, different from the other kids at school. There’s something about the way he walks, the way he talks, that has others guessing before he does, in an environment where queerness is just not an option. Junkie Ma (Naomie Harris) is no help in navigating these waters, so Chiron turns to local drug kingpin Juan (Mahershala Ali), who offers the kind of leadership and emotional support that he so sorely needs.
Based on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney and journeying across three time periods, we witness key moments in the formation of Chiron’s masculinity and how in turn, these moments come to define his sexuality. A restrained yet intoxicating story with genuine emotional power, Moonlight is richly evocative, grand in scope but intimate in execution.
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