Barry Jenkins adapts James Baldwin’s ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

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Actor Stephan James, director Barry Jenkins, and actor KiKi Layne on the set of "If Beale Street Could Talk." Photo credit: Tatum Mangus / Annapurna Pictures

Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk” is nominated for several Oscars this year. Adapted from a James Baldwin novel, the movie is a love story between young Tish and Fonny. While Fonny is in prison awaiting trial for a rape he didn’t commit, 19-year-old Tish finds out she’s pregnant. The family rallies around Tish, and works hard to get Fonny out of prison in time for the birth.


Stephan James as Fonny and KiKi Layne as Tish in "If Beale Street Could Talk."
Photo credit: Tatum Mangus / Annapurna Pictures.

Stephan James as Fonny and Brian Tyree Henry as Daniel in "If Beale Street Could Talk."
Photo credit: Tatum Mangus/Annapurna Pictures.