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Redemption the key in The Violin Teacher

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
A scene from The Violin Teacher.

The 12th Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival runs until September 26 on two screens in MovieTowne Port of Spain, one in San Fernando, another in Tobago and at the UWI.

Film writer, BC Pires, will be picking a Film of the Day, every day. Pires sat on the first TT Film Fest Jury, 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.

The first “film of the day” pick is a bit of a cheat: with three very strong contenders being denied an individual daily pick through the impossibility of scheduling everything good on its own day, rather than leaving one out, here is a trinity of choice for a T&T Film Festival; any one of them could “take win”:

The Violin Teacher /Sergio Machado/ 2015/ Brazil / Young Adult Drama/ 100 mins

Portuguese with English subtitles/ Rated 14+

8.30pm, Screen 7, MovieTowne, POS. TT premiere.

An excellent film about the redemptive power of music features very strong performances from a young cast (as well as all the adult roles). The juxtaposition of European classical orchestral music and modern urban poverty in South America itself plays a lead role in a hugely rewarding film.

El Hombre que Cuida (aka The Watchman) /Alejandro Andujar/ 2017/ Dominican Republic / Drama/ 87 mins Spanish with English subtitles/ Rated 16+)

6 pm, MovieTowne San Fernando. TT premiere.

An almost perfectly-made film about the difficulties of facing life’s challenges alone – or, indeed, as part of an imperfect couple, family or group – is beautifully shot and covers ground that is all too familiar in Trinidad: the seaside resort of the film could be the DDI – the “Down-the-islands” – that is kept swept and polished by the poor so that it may be properly, which is to say, excessively, enjoyed by the rich.

Children of the Mountain /Priscilla Anany/ 2016/ Ghana / Drama/ 100 mins

Twi with English subtitles/ Rated 16+

8.30 pm, MovieTowne San Fernando. TT premiere.

A very Trinidadian film that happens to take place in Accra, the Ghanian capital, Priscilla Anany’s small masterpiece mines unequal power in human relationships and its reliance on superstition to forge a disturbing film about the catch-ass of lives spent in day-to-day poverty and seemingly everlasting ignorance.



10.30 am - Adama 85 mins

1 pm - Dreamshire 33 mins

3.30 pm - The Knot 15 mins + Santa and Andres 105 mins

6 pm - El Despertar de las Hormigas 18 mins + Viaje 76 mins

8.30 pm - We Love Moses 15 mins + The Violin Teacher 102 mins


10.30 am - The Tempest 94 mins

1 pm - Paddlin’ Spirit 30 mins + Sound of Silence 87 mins

3.30 pm - E Yobida di Ayera (Yesterday’s Rain) 10 mins + Extre Terrestres 113 mins

6 pm - Lipstick under my Burkah 117 mins

8.30 pm- The Weekend 30 mins Q&A + The Lies We Tell 90 mins + Q&A


10.30 am - The Tempest 94 mins

3.30 pm - Kafou (Crossroad) 48 mins + Kingston Crossroads 72 mins

6 pm - Short Drop 29 mins + El Hombre qui Cuida (The Watchman) 85 mins

8.30 pm - Charcoal 5 mins + Children of the Mountain 100 mins


11 am - Centerstitch 10 mins Q&A + Reinbou (Rainbow) 100 mins

6 pm - Carl’s Present 17 mins + Bad Lucky Goat 76 mins

8.30 pm - Big Fish 15 mins + Cargo 105 mins


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