Interview: Barry Jenkins on making the magnificent Moonlight

Barry Jenkins shot one of Moonlight‘s many striking scenes as a storm was moving onto a beach in Miami. But there’s a burgeoning tempestuousness throughout Jenkins’ film, a wrenching portrait of internalized emotion. Moonlight is told in three parts, each dipping into the life of the protagonist, a black, gay man. As a child (Alex R. Hibbert), he goes by Little; as a teenager, he’s Chiron (Ashton Sanders); and as an adult, he’s Black (Trevante Rhodes). Throughout all of the chapters he’s a character who rarely, if ever, articulates what he feels, but Jenkins demonstrates how he’s shaped by the figures that come in and out of his life: His drug-addicted mother (Naomie Harris), a kind dealer (Mahershala Ali), his girlfriend (Janelle Monáe), and a classmate who becomes a lover (Jaden Piner, Jharrel Jerome, André Holland). Even as Chiron stays quiet, Jenkins’ work swirls …

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