DIRECTORS' NIGHT IN MILL VALLEY Writer-director Barry Jenkins’ long-awaited return to the big screen after his critically acclaimed San Francisco-set debut Medicine for Melancholy is also a return to his home state of Florida. Based on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, Jenkins’ gritty yet poignant inner city drama presents a young life in three acts. Coming of age in Reagan-era Miami amidst the crack epidemic, young Chiron endures relentless bullying at school and stinging neglect at home. Visibly yearning for a male role model, he continually chases the elusive myth of masculinity while struggling to understand his own sexuality and his place in a harsh, unsympathetic world. Jenkins delivers both intensity and subtlety, supported by an ensemble of powerful performances, including Trevante Rhodes as the adult Chiron along with Naomie Harris (Spectre), André Holland (The Knick), Oakland native Mahershala Ali (House of Cards), and singer Janelle Monáe in her film debut.
Guest in attendance 10/10: Barry Jenkins (director, writer)