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Critically acclaimed drama ‘Moonlight’ will finally premiere in Miami

Ashton Sanders plays the teenage Chiron in ‘Moonlight,’ director Barry Jenkins’ drama about growing up in Liberty City.
Ashton Sanders plays the teenage Chiron in ‘Moonlight,’ director Barry Jenkins’ drama about growing up in Liberty City. A24 FILMS

“Moonlight” is coming home.

Writer-director Barry Jenkins’ made-in-Miami drama, which was shot last fall, has been racking up critical acclaim and Oscar buzz after screening at the Telluride, Toronto, New York and London film festivals.

South Florida will get a peek at the movie, about three chapters in the life of a young gay black man named Chiron living in Liberty City with his drug-addicted mom, at 6 p.m. Saturday Oct. 15 at the Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach.

Jenkins and fellow Miami native Tarell Alvin McCraney, whose play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” inspired the movie, will attend the screening.

Also expected to attend are Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders and Alex Hibbert, the three actors who play Chiron at different ages throughout the film; Andre Holland, Jharrel Jerome and Jaden Piner, who play his friend Kevin; and producer Adele Romanski.

Admittance to the screening is by invitation only. But if you can’t score a ticket, don’t fret: Distributor A24 Films will release “Moonlight” theatrically in South Florida on Oct. 28.

Watch the trailer here:

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