Jimmie Fails plays a semi-autobiographical version of himself in The Last Black Man In San Francisco, Joe Talbot’s Sundance breakout and the latest film to be released from acclaimed indie studio A24. The above trailer illustrates the award-winning breadth of Talbot’s vision, from his lush, encompassing eye to a horn-laden score that’s both stirring and, in its way, dripping with memory—an old man’s rendition of Scott McKenzie’s “San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)” gives goosebumps.
The story follows Fails’ obsession with the Victorian-style home his grandfather built in 1946, and its disintegration under its current owners. He and a friend, Montgomery (Jonathan Majors), sneak in when they’re not there, caring for it and imagining the community it could contain if things remained as they were. Themes of delusion and gentrification abound in the dramatic tale, which co-stars Danny Glover, Tichina Arnold, Finn Wittrock, and Mike Epps.
It arrives on June 14.