(US, 2016) Director: Denzel Washington. Screenplay by August Wilson and (uncredit- ed) Tony Kushner, based on Wilson’s play. Cast: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, Mykelti Williamson, Russell Hornsby, Jovan Adepo.
Denzel Washington directs and stars in a new film based on a play by the late, great August Wilson. Fences is one of ten plays of Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Pittsburg Cycle (including Ma Rainey’s BlackBottom, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone), each exploring African American life in a di erent decade. Washington and Davis reprise their Broadway roles as Troy and Rose, a couple trying to make ends meet and navigate the color line in the 1950s. Troy, a garbage man who wants to improve his life, forbids his son (Jovan Adepo) to play high school football – remembering his own disappointment when his dream of playing baseball was crushed by ‘whites only’ Major Leagues. 133 min.
“Viola Davis gives a staggering performance. Her long scene in which she lets loose her fury will go down as one of the profound moments in this year’s cinema, a scene that will be played over and over, and marveled at for years to come.” – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle.