Podcast: If Beale Street Could Talk + All Is True feat. Barry Jenkins & Sir Kenneth Branagh
On this week's episode of the Curzon Film Podcast we speak to Moonlight director, Barry Jenkins, about his new film, If Beale Street Could Talk, and we discuss All Is True with none other than Sir Kenneth Branagh.
We start with If Beale Street Could Talk. Adapted from the novel by celebrated author, James Baldwin, it follows the romance between Fonny and Tish, two young lovers living in 1970s Harlem, New York. Their love is tested to its limits when Fonny is wrongly imprisoned, and the fight for justice takes a heavy toll on the young couple's lives. Once again taking social realist material and blending it with a poetic eye, Jenkins’ film simply glows off the screen.
Later in the episode we look at Sir Kenneth Branagh’s All Is True, which tells the little known story of Sir William Shakespeare’s humble retirement. Written by Ben Elton and directed by Sir Kenneth, this is a new take on Shakespeare that collects together the cream of British acting talent (including Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Judi Dench) and is shot with an elegance and beauty, as well as a pitched honesty, that is a tribute to the Bard.
Discussing the films this week are Kelly Powell, Ella Kemp, Jake Cunningham and Steven Ryder
Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk plays in our cinemas from Friday 8 February
Filmmaker Samuel Maoz conjures up an intelligent dark comedy with Foxtrot, which inspects the bitter absurdities of war and the impact it has on the people involved.
A desolate military checkpoint is manned by four young soldiers who all try to burn away the hours of boredom that occur between cars arriving for inspection and, every now and then, a lone camel walking by. Meanwhile at home, the parents of one of the boys are devastated by the news of his supposed sudden death, though the circumstances surrounding this take several unexpected twists.
One of the most celebrated films on the international festival circuit, this is a bold vision of warfare that repels cliche and asks us to look more deeply.
Samuel Maoz’s Foxtrot plays on our screens and on Curzon Home Cinema from Friday 1 March.
Curzon Members can see an early preview on Sunday 17 February at Curzon cinemas across the country.