Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

PLAY THE DEVIL

Year: 2016
Country: TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, BAHAMAS, USA
Language: English
Run Time: 89 minutes

PLAY THE DEVIL
PLAY THE DEVIL
PLAY THE DEVIL
PLAY THE DEVIL

Gregory is trying to follow his heart, but the Devil may be leading it on. Gregory is 18, lives in poverty with his grandmother and brother, and is studying furiously to obtain a scholarship. The Devil may be James, an older, wealthy businessman with a wife and daughter. He meets Gregory and is instantly attracted to him. James urges a relationship with Gregory by encouraging him to reveal his dreams and offering ways to make them come true. But Gregory comes from a different world, one of fierce loyalties, grim realities, and a constant fight for survival. Beautifully filmed in Trinidad, PLAY THE DEVIL powerfully evokes the vast gulf between their worlds and the dangers for both in crossing such fragile bridges. James is insinuating himself into Gregory’s family and Gregory is feeling trapped. With Carnival approaching and his world threatening to crumble, perhaps Gregory’s only way to break free and save his dreams is to play the devil himself! —C.R.

CIFF41 Screenings

Sunday, April 02, 2017 at 5:15 PM

Tuesday, April 04, 2017 at 12:10 PM

Sidebars
10% CINEMA
AFRICAN DIASPORA

Competition
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Director
Maria Govan

Maria Govan is a self-taught filmmaker from the island of New Providence in the Bahamas. A writer, producer, and director, she returned home from a time in Hollywood to begin making local documentaries. PLAY THE DEVIL won the Tangerine Entertainment Juice Award for Best Female Director at the 2016 Woodstock Film Festival.

Filmography
"Rain" (2008), "Womanish Ways, Freedom, Human Rights & Democracy: The Women's Suffrage Movement in the Bahamas 1948-1962" (2012), PLAY THE DEVIL (2016)

Producers
Maria Govan, Abigail Hadeed, Jonathon Grey, Chris Mortimer

Screenwriting
Maria Govan

Cinematography
James Wall

Editing
Thomas A. Kreuger

Principal Cast
Petrice Jones, Gareth Jenkins, Akil Nicholas, Penelope Spencer, Nickolai Salcedo, Che Rodriguez, Daisha Seepaulsingh, Tammi Deonarine

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