Last night, the New York Film Festival made history, presenting its first-ever premiere at the Apollo Theater for If Beale Street Could Talk. Ahead of the Harlem screening, we spoke with writer-director Barry Jenkins about adapting James Baldwin in his lush, powerful romance. Jenkins, who returns to the festival following Moonlight (NYFF54), discussed the power of community in his latest film and how watching the work of Claire Denis and Wong Kar-wai makes him approach filmmaking in a different way.

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