10th edition CIFF – 10-14 April 2024

Moonlight (2017 Feature Film)

Barry Jenkins | USA | 2016 | 111 min | English | d.s.

American indie sensation shows the life of a black man as he grows from being the poor child of a single, addicted mother into a tough adult continually wracked with doubt. This poetic narration about the exploration of identity, sexuality and bonding is pioneering in its tender portrayal of black masculinity. It has already won many prizes. Winner Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Drama.

A heart-rending and heart-warming story about a young black kid growing up to be a man in surroundings where danger lurks everywhere. Chiron has to find his way in life at an early age, without a father and with a drug-addicted mother, while he gradually discovers his sexual identity. In a colorful, warm and scintillating style, this biopic takes us to the feelings cloaked in silence of this lonely outsider.

Based on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue and on his own experiences, Barry Jenkins sketches a poetic narrative with deep understanding of the pain and challenges that growing up in a poor black district of Miami involves. This second film by Jenkins, who already proved his cinematographic vision and unique voice in the film landscape with Medicine for Melancholy (2008), is pioneering in its tender portrayal of black masculinity.

Winner Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Oscar for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor

Place: CINEMA 1

Date: 6 April 2017

Time: 18:45

Duration: 1:30

Place: CINEMA 1

Date: 7 April 2017

Time: 13:45

Duration: 1:25

Place: CINEMA 1

Date: 9 April 2017

Time: 14:30

Duration: 1:25

Year in



Barry Jenkins


James Laxton


Trevante Rhodes
André Holland
Janelle Monáe
Ashton Sanders
Jharrel Jerome
Naomie Harris
Mahershala Ali




Nat Sanders
Joi McMillon




111 min


Nicholas Britell


Dede Gardner / Plan B Entertainment
Jeremy Kleiner / Plan B Entertainment
Adele Romanski

Production Company

Plan B Entertainment

Production Design

Hannah Beachler




Barry Jenkins

Sound Design

Chris Giles

Year of Production


Barry JENKINS (1979, USA) studied Film at the Florida State University and his breakout film was the feature-length Medicine for Melancholy (2008). He made several shorts, co-founded an advertising company called Strike Anywhere and became a writer for the HBO series The LeftoversMoonlight (2016) is his first feature film in eight years.



(selection) My Josephine (2003, short), Little Brown Boy (2003, short), Medicine for Melancholy (2008), A Young Couple (2009, short), Tall Enough (2009, short), Chlorophyl (2011, short), Moonlight (2016)