At the Criterion’s Current, Barry Jenkins talks about Wong Kar-Wai. “For the inaugural video in our new series Under the Influence, Barry Jenkins—whose sophomore feature, Moonlight, won big at last night’s Gotham Awards and just garnered best director and best supporting actress from the National Board of Review—stopped by the Criterion library to share his passion for the films of Wong Kar-wai.
An emotionally stirring journey through the coming-of-age of a young black man in Miami, Moonlight has established Jenkins as one of the most vital storytellers on the independent film scene. His wide-ranging movie love shines through in the film’s formal precision and romantic yearning, qualities that call to mind Wong’s Chungking Express and In the Mood for Love. In the below video, Jenkins explains why these films continue to intoxicate him.”