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….

​The Cutlass

The Cutlass (Darisha Beresford/ 2016/ Trinidad & Tobago/ Adventure-Crime-Drama-Thriller/ 106 mins/ English/ Rated 16+) 6pm Screen 2, MovieTowne, Port of Spain Q+A.

The second-strongest Trinidad & Tobago fiction narrative feature (after Play the Devil) of this year’s festival, The Cutlass has a great deal going for it.

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​Play the Devil

Play the Devil (Maria Govan/ 2015/ Trinidad & Tobago-The Bahamas-USA/ Drama-LGBT-Thriller/ 90 mins/ English/ Rated 18+) 6.15pm, MovieTowne, POS Q+A.

Maria Govan’s first feature film, Rain, was a contender for the first jury prize ever awarded by the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival; her second film could easily go this year’s distance, if it doesn’t win by a knockout.

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A Monster with a Thousand Heads

A Monster with a Thousand Heads (Rodrigo Pia/ 2015/ Mexico/ Crime-Drama-Psychological Thriller/ 74 mins/ Spanish with English subtitles/ Rated 18+) 9pm Screen 1, MovieTowne, Port of Spain Q+A BEST FILM OF THE DAY; screens again 8.30pm 27 September Screen 2, MT POS.

Probably the best film in the festival, and certainly the best one available for preview/review, A Monster with a Thousand Heads is as good as cinema gets, anywhere:

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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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Mustang (Deniz Gamze Erguven/ 2015/ France-Turkey/ Drama/ 94 mins/ Turkish with English subtitles/ Rated 18+) 8.45pm Screen 2, MovieTowne, Port of Spain; screens again 6pm 27 September MT POS Sc 1 BEST FILM OF THE DA .

A Best Foreign Film Oscar and Golden Globe nominee in 2016, the winner of the Audience’s Choice at Cannes 2015, and the winner of the Best First Work and Best Original Screenplay 2016 Cesars in France,

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