Moonlight, an intimate coming-of-age film set in 1980s Miami, promises to be an unflinching look at being black and gay in the US.
Set during Reagan’s War on Drugs, it tells the story of Chiron as he falls in love and discovers his own sexuality, all while dealing with a deteriorating home life and learning to embrace his own definition of masculinity. Three actors – Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes and Alex R Hibbert – play Chiron at different stages of his life.
The indie film, directed by Barry Jenkins, also stars Naomie Harris (Spectre, Skyfall), André Holland and Mahershala Ali, and Brad Pitt is the executive producer.
Moonlight is based on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney and is made by A24, the independent film studio behind weird and wonderful drama The Lobster.
In the trailer, scenes of passion, confusion, and frustration are filmed through a bluey haze and against a soundtrack of melancholy violin composed by Nicholas Britell…
Moonlight will be released in the US on 21st October, a UK release date is still to be confirmed