*The Academy Award winner for BEST PICTURE, BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, and ADAPTED SCREENPLAY is coming back to Upstate!
An impeccably crafted story that resonates well beyond the time spent in the theater, Moonlight centers on a young African-American boy who is searching for identity and safety while living under damaging conditions in Miami.
Spread over three chapters, the movie follows the life of a boy named Chiron, who’s played by three soulful actors as he grows into manhood. Bullied as a young grade-schooler (Alex Hibbert) and beaten down by a harsh home life, he risks becoming a statistic: another black boy dominated and ultimately destroyed by the system. But despite his small stature and taciturn nature, Chiron is a survivor. With his own mother (Naomie Harris) struggling with addiction at home, he finds unlikely refuge with a neighborhood drug dealer (Mahershala Ali) and his girlfriend (Janelle Monáe), who treat the near-silent youth with unexpected tenderness and compassion, including the simple gesture of teaching him how to swim. Flash ahead to his teens, and Chiron (Ashton Sanders) is coming to grips with his sexuality, which makes him a target for more abuse and bullying. He gets such achingly small doses of love that he’s overwhelmed when a high-school classmate (Jharrel Jerome) kisses him one night. That event — and the violence that follows the next day — shape him into the man he becomes (Trevante Rhodes), with a protective outer shell of muscle as well as gold teeth and bluster. Based on Tarell McCraney’s autobiographical play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, Jenkins’ film throws off the constraints of the stage, exploding into lush moments of sensation. “Moonlight takes the pain of growing up and turns it into hardened scars and private caresses. This film is, without a doubt, the reason we go to the movies: to understand, to come closer, to ache, hopefully with another.” — Time Out
(USA / 2016 / Written and Directed by Barry Jenkins)
R / 110 mins.