The 2016 Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival

The 11th Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival runs on two screens in MovieTowne Port of Spain, one in Tobago and at the University of the West Indies and COSTATT campuses.

Film writer, BC Pires, will be picking a Film of the Day every day. Pires sat on the first TT Film Fest Jury and wrote the Judge’s Report and has been the Youth Jury’s mentor since its inception in 2014. A different film will be picked every day, and other worthwhile films mentioned. Because of the limitations of programming schedules, the film of the day may not necessarily be the “best” one. Films with an * have been or will be daily picks.

The 2016 Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival runs from 20-27th September. You can view the full festival calendar here

BC Pires has been writing about film from an informed lay perspective since March 1988. He served on the first Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival jury in 2009 and wrote the Jury’s Report.

And Today’s Film Pick is….

Café Amargo

Café Amargo (aka Bitter Coffee) (Rigoberto Jimenez Hernandez/ 2015/ Cuba/ Drama/ 95 mins/ Spanish with English subtitles/ Rated 16+) 10.30am, MovieTowne POS; screens again 3.30pm 26 September MovieTowne POS

Though flawed – and most of those flaws are attributable to budget – Café Amargo gets the nod ahead of perhaps “better” films because of its greatest strength: a strong, well told, late payoff story set on the eve of the Cuban Revolution.

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