classified 15

Films That Love the Cinema


Please note: This was screened in Sept 2020

Barry Jenkins
Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Ashton Sanders
108 mins, 2016, USA
Primary language

“It was an out-of-body experience. I didn’t believe it until I was actually up on stage introducing my own film. I was standing in my dreams.”

Barry Jenkins reflecting on Moonlight’s World Premiere at Telluride Film Festival.

The 2018 Oscar® winner for Best Film and a bonafide masterpiece, this timeless story of human connection and self-discovery brought director Barry Jenkins to worldwide attention. An exquisite coming of age drama, it chronicles the life of a gay black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in Miami.

Three actors (Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, André Holland), three ages, one soul: Jenkins' beautiful, sensitive film tells its gripping story in three passages. It spans the youth, adolescence and adulthood of Chiron, growing up poor, gay and black in Florida, navigating the drug-plagued inner city, finding love in unexpected places, and discovering the possibility of change within himself.

Filled with unforgettable performances and awash in a gorgeous dreaminess, Moonlight is truly a thing of beauty that shattered stereotype after stereotype. Fiercely intelligent and compassionate, it’s ultimately a film about identity, about finding connections in a lonely world, and how we all try to prevent ourselves from getting hurt.