Director Ernest Dickerson’s much anticipated next feature film, Double Play, made its world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) in February of this year.
Based on the the internationally lauded novel of the same name by Curaçaoan author Frank Martinus Arion, the film stars Colin Salmon, Lennie James, Alexander Karim, Isaach De Bankolé, and Mustafa Shakir.
Saycon Sengbloh, Louis Gossett Jr., Melanie Liburd, Bronson Pinchot and newcomer Dani Dare round out the starring cast.
Considered to be author Arion’s magnum opus, the story is set in 1973 and 2010, and follows Ostrik (Salmon)’s return to his childhood home, and the memory of a fateful day more than 40 years prior. Over the course of that day, and a long-standing game of dominoes, the fates of four men (James, Karim, De Bankolé, and Shakir) are revealed through a journey of love, loss and deadly betrayal.
Shot on location in Curacao, the film utilized its surroundings by emphasizing the beauty of the landscape, the music and the people.
Dickerson directs from a screenplay written by Evan Jones and Alaric Alexander Smeets. Lisa Cortés and Gregory Elias produced. Jay Wadley composed the Double Play score. The film also includes a stellar performance of classic songs performed by Aymee Nuviola.
It’s Dickerson’s first theater-bound feature film directing effort since Never Die Alone in 2004, so it’s been quite a while, and we’re all glad to see him back at that level. Since then, he’s been directing mostly TV shows (and at least one TV movie).
Set to screen at the upcoming Urbanworld Film Festival, a new trailer and first poster for Double Play have surfaced and is embedded below; no word on a USA pick-up of the film at this time. But it’s great to get a first-look at it; first the trailer and then the poster underneath: