Black History Month: Queen & Slim
Black History Month | Panorama
Written by Lena Waithe (Master of None) and directed by Melina Matsoukas (Beyonce’s Lemonade), this is an unapologetically Black story told by Black creators. Queen & Slim is protest art—an articulation of the current Black American experience. An epic love-on-the-run love story, it begins with an underwhelming date in a small-town diner. In a devastating yet highly usual turn of events, the couple gets pulled over for a minor infraction—failing to signal for a turn. The routine stop escalates, and after shots are fired - with lethal consequences - the protagonists flee the scene, first for New Orleans and then for Florida, the authorities and the media in hot pursuit. As the characters navigate the chaos, they develop a deep, unshakable bond that turns the film into a captivating love story.
A compelling road movie and an angry indictment of racial dynamics in the United States, Queen & Slim crackles with urgency and life. The two leads, Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith (both British-born), make it sing, and we care about their fate.
"Strains of anger, ardor, sorrow and sweetness, and the quiet astonishment of witnessing the birth of a legend […] This movie feels like something new, and also as if it’s been around forever, waiting for its moment." AO Scott, New York Times
"Queen & Slim has a remarkable power. You watch it recognizing the world you know, and wishing you didn’t." Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"The pain, the passion, and the urgency at the movie’s core emerge forcefully and movingly." Richard Brody, The New Yorker
Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Bokeem Woodbine, Chloë Sevigny, Flea, Sturgill Simpson, Indya Moore
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