Illuminating Moonlight – Barry Jenkins Brunches

In The Mood for Barry Jenkins


Please note: this season finished in Feb 2019

To mark the release of Barry Jenkins’ assured adaptation of James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk (out on Fri 8 Feb), throughout February we’re revisiting this brilliant director’s previous work and some of the key influences on his new film and his iconic, Oscar® winning masterpiece Moonlight.

As well as his exquisite coming of age drama Moonlight (Sun 24 Feb), we'll rediscover Jenkins' acclaimed San Francisco set debut Medicine for Melancholy (Sun 17 Feb) and its astute exploration of black identity and self-discovery. Plus Claire Denis' corporeal study of masculinity Beau Travail (Sun 3 Feb) and the beautiful romantic triptych Three Times by Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien’s serve as two key examples of the type of European and Asian cinema that has influenced the work of one of the most talked-about independent film directors of recent years.

Previous screenings in this season

Moonlight  15   Barry Jenkins Brunches

Please note: This was screened in Feb 2019
An exquisite coming of age drama, Barry Jenkins' Oscar® winning masterpiece 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.

Medicine for Melancholy  18   Barry Jenkins Brunches

Medicine for Melancholy
Please note: This was screened in Feb 2019
Though it seems as if Barry Jenkins sprung out of nowhere with his Oscar® winning Moonlight, he’d actually been directing projects for more than a decade - the most notable of which is this rarely screened San Francisco set drama and astute exploration of black identity and self-discovery.

Three Times  12A  S  Barry Jenkins Brunches

Three Times
Please note: This was screened in Feb 2019
The structure of Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien’s beautiful romantic triptych gave Barry Jenkins his answer to a dense riddle of how to unpack Tarell McCraney’s novel, meld it with his own voice, and present what ultimately would become the Oscar winning film Moonlight to an audience.

Beau Travail  15  S  Barry Jenkins Brunches

Beau Travail
Please note: This was screened in Feb 2019
One of the clearest influences on Barry Jenkins' Moonlight, Claire Denis’ corporeal study of masculinity set amongst the French Foreign Legionnaires welds near-experimental formal minimalism with a savage exposure of male aggression, jealousy and repressed homosexual desire.