22 Sep 2018 05:00

Nation: U.S.A.
Directed by Barry Jenkins
Main cast: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes
Year: 2016
Length: 111′
Language: Original English audio version
Version: DCP, Italian distribution by Lucky Red

The film presents three stages: youth, adolescence, and early adult age in the life of the main character, Chiron, a young African-American gay man, growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. It explores the difficulties he faces with his sexuality and identity, including the physical and emotional abuse he endures growing up. Moonlight is a profoundly moving portrayal of the moments, people, and unknowable forces that shape our lives and make us who we are, a timeless story of human connection and self-discovery.

The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture, along with Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali and Best Adapted Screenplay, from a total of eight nominations. In 2017, The New York Times considered it the 20th “Best Film of the 21st Century So Far”. Moonlight became the first film with an all-black cast and the first LGBTQ film to win the Oscar for Best Picture. The film’s editor, Joi McMillon, became the first black woman to be nominated for an editing Oscar, and Ali became the first Muslim to win an acting Oscar. The theme of homosexuality among poor African-American males is so revolutionary that it takes away the idea of community we have been accustomed to, even in the smallest gestures, from Spike Lee onwards.