It was only fitting to do it in Harlem.
The New York City premiere of If Beale Street Could Talk, Oscar-winning director Barry Jenkins’ movie adaptation of the iconic James Baldwin’s novel, took place Tuesday night inside the Apollo Theatre. It also coincided with the kick off of the 56th Annual New York Film Festival.
The stars of Beale Street, including Regina King, Stephan James, Kiki Layne, Teyonah Parris, Dave Franco, Pedro Pascal, and Brian Tyree Henry, all showed up in support along with many members of the crew. Also, members of Baldwin’s family were also present to pay homage to the late writer and activist.
The film, which received a standing ovation Tuesday night, tells the gut-wrenching love story of a newly engaged and pregnant Harlem woman who tries aimlessly to prove her love’s innocence.
It hits theaters November 30, and it’s one you’ll want to see. Bring tissues!