Introducing the Edinburgh Short Film Festival partners for 2015 Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival
Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival @ ESFF 2015
Two film festivals on based islands at opposite ends of the Atlantic ocean seem to be perfect fits for matching up. so our collaboration project with the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival has been getting us excited!
The ttff screened 2 nights of some of the best films from the 2014 Edinburgh Short Film Festival in Port of Spain at the ttff in September and we’re pleased to be able to return the favour on Saturday 14th November here in Edinburgh at Summerhall.
We’ve got the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival editorial director Jonathan Ali coming along with a selection of some fine Caribbean films, from screwball zombie comedy from Guadaloupe directed by Julien Silloray ‘A Home for These Old Bones’ in which a homeowner faces the demolition of his home due to a road-building programme and hires a witch doctor to raise a zombie to stop the developers. Much screwball comedy ensues as the world’s most incompetent witch doctor struggles to control his creation!
There’s also the heartfelt and touching relationship drama from Trinidad & Tobago ‘Doubles With Slight Pepper’ by Ian Harnarine about a returning father trying to re-build his relationship with the son and wife he abandoned years before, it’s got some wonderfully understated acting and an engaging way with character.
We’ve got the dark and disturbing ‘Passage’ by Kareen Mortimer about migrants holed up in an over-crowded boat trying to escape Haiti. The film powerfully describes the desperation of the migrants, the greed of the smugglers and their casual attitude to life and death leads to a powerful denouement.
There’s also the Cuban family drama ‘Old Moon’ by director Raisa Bonnet which follows the relationship between a young daughter and her mother in a remote shack in Puerto Rico, ‘ABCs’ from Cuba by Diana Montero explores the life of a young mother and her new born baby who, although living in poverty and with a domineering and exploitative husband, she still holds fast to her dreams, hopes and ambitions.
’10 Ave Maria’ by Ryana Oduber from Aruba shows the diversity of film across the Caribbean as the film follows it’s protaganist, a cross-dressing young man whose ambigious sexuality leads him to isolation and a deeply internalised anguish.
We are also screening the drama ‘Gravediggers’ by Gabrielle Blackwood, that follows two wannabe young gangsters in the suburbs of Kingston Jamaica, their relationship with each other and their increasingly futile attempts to get in with the local crime boss, it’s engrossing with a couple of great characters at it’s core.
The films are great and the weather seems not too bad too over there so why not escape from the clutches of Abigail by spending a couple of hours in the company of the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival!