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Play the Devil

Sunday, May 7, 2017, 8:45 pm

Play the Devil

Director: Maria Govan
Country: Trinidad
Year: 2016
Running Time: 90 min.
Language: English

In Play the Devil, the prevailing poverty and lush beauty of Trinidad and the pulsating rhythms of Carnival are backdrop to a story where dreams and obsession collide. Gifted 18-year-old Gregory is his family’s only hope for financial success. When the naive young man meets James, a powerful, affluent businessman offering friendship and guidance, his world spins out of control. As James’s persistent advances become more intrusive and menacing, Gregory’s initial compliance changes to rejection and the fallout threatens to ruin his future and expose his secrets. Gregory and James face each other once again—on Carnival Monday, when young men cover themselves in blue paint, dress as devils, and become lost in the frenzy of drumming and howling.

Co-presented with Cinema Tropical.

(Q&A with Maria Govan)

Also screening Friday, May 5, 4:30pm


Film Society of Lincoln Center

165 W. 65th Street & 144 W. 65th Street
New York, NY 10023 United States