'Play the Devil'
‘Play the Devil’

The 11th edition of the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) has announced that “Play the Devil” – a local drama about an impoverished teen whose chance encounter with an older, wealthy businessman leads to deadly consequences – will open the festivities this year, making its Trinidad + Tobago premiere, at the Central Bank Auditorium, on September 20, 2016.

Additional screenings will be held at Movietowne POS Sunday September 25 at 6pm, with the filmmakers present for a Q+A.

Set and shot in Paramin, with a local cast and crew, the film follows the fate of 18 year old school boy, Gregory (English actor, Petrice Jones), who, cossetted within a close-knit community and with little worldly experience, is pursued and seduced by wealthy businessman James (Gareth Jenkins), sending him spiraling into a cat and mouse game in which there can be no winners.

The film, which was produced by Abigail Hadeed (T+T) and directed by Bahamian native, Maria Govan, also features performances by local acting veterans Penelope Spencer and Che Rodriguez, with breath-taking shots of Paramin and its famous blue devils, as its dramatic backdrop.

Govan, a self-taught filmmaker, saw her first narrative film, “Rain,” premiere at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, wining numerous awards internationally.

The trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff), celebrating films from and about the Caribbean and its diaspora, as well as from world cinema, runs from September 21 – 27.