At this point, A24 is just stacking the deck in their favor this year. Joe Talbot’s sweeping tale about friendship and gentrification, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, was one of many films to make waves at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It was the recipient of the much coveted Special Jury Award, and Talbot himself won Best Director.
The film received its first official trailer today and appears to tackle some very hefty societal conundrums like gentrification and culture erasure. Talbot aims to approach these important, albeit, sensitive issues with a deft touch. Friendship seems to play an essential role within the film, as both Jimmie Fails and Johnathan Majors explore their old neighborhood together in search of the culture they once knew. Throughout the trailer, there are elements of San Francisco’s Black culture thriving; Kids running in the streets, musical acts, etc. It looks absolutely breathtaking visually and looks to fully immerse you within the culture of the city. Above all, The Last Black Man in San Francisco looks to be a tale all about the importance of a person’s hometown and how one may leave his hometown, but the hometown will never leave them.
The Last Black Man in San Francisco stars Jimmie Fails, Johanthan Majors, Tichina Arnold, and Danny Glover. It’s set to release this summer from A24.