But eight years after Medicine, Jenkins has returned with yet another drama that looks like it has the potential to be every bit as "groundbreaking" as the press release reads. MOONLIGHT, to be distributed by A24, is a coming-of-age story about a young black man (in three different stages of his life) grappling with his sexuality. Naomie Harris and the man who's everywhere right now, Mahershala Ali, play supporting characters in a film whose trailer alone looks to highlight the multidimensional humanity of an underrepresented character in Hollywood cinema.
From the A24 press release:
Anchored by astonishing performances and the singular vision of filmmaker Barry Jenkins, MOONLIGHT is a groundbreaking exploration of masculinity—a sensual, intoxicating piece of cinema that uncovers deep truths about the moments that define us, the people who shape us most, and the ache of love that can last a lifetime.
Watch the trailer:
I'm intrigued. It's Barry Jenkins, so my expectations are sky high. What do you think?
MOONLIGHT opens in theaters in New York and Los Angeles October 21.