How Barry Jenkins Planted The Seed For Adapting ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Long Before ‘Moonlight’ Oscar Victory

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“Love cannot be taken from your heart," says Barry Jenkins. "Love is too important." It is a lesson the director of Medicine for Melancholy and Moonlight—both films about love's survival in spite of challenging circumstances—has finally learned. "You've made me sound like a f*cking romantic," he told me two years ago, when we discussed Moonlight. "And I'm a craftsman. I am a craftsman, I am a craftsman." he declared. "That's out the window with this film," he reluctantly…