>> What's you looking at me like that for? What man, come on, you just drove down here?>> Yeah.>> A film with no big stars, an unknown director and an unexpected topic, and yet Moonlight could be the breakout film of the year. The movie with its theme of growing up black, gay and poor in 1980s Miami, already challenging indie film box office records just a few days since its release.
Not bad for a film with a mere million dollar budget and a director forced to work odd jobs since his last film eight years ago. Now finding his latest effort earning rave reviews and standing ovations.>> There are a lot of people in America who feel disenfranchised, who feel voiceless.
And I think our story, for its specificity of character and place, is giving voice to a world and a certain kind of person that normally is unheard from.>> Adapted from a play, Moonlight is the coming-of-age tale of Chiron, a young man struggling with his homosexuality and drug addicted mother.
His adult self played by actor Trevante Rhodes, a former college track star, now tagged Hollywood's next big thing.>> It really kinda tells a story of love and identity, and finding yourself, and understanding yourself, and loving yourself.>> Oscar talks already in the air, an antidote to the recent OscarSoWhite campaign criticizing the Motion Picture Academy for nominating so few black artists.
As such, it eclipses former frontrunner Birth of a Nation. A critical favorite whose box office performance was marred by a past rape allegation that surfaced against its director just weeks before the film's release. Momentum for Moonlight helping it expand beyond its initial New York and Los Angeles debuts.
Moving it into at least five more major markets this weekend, with an even broader rollout expected by November.