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One More BIFFlix Screening This Sunday Before BIFF 2013

(Hamilton, Bermuda – March 20, 2013) – BIFF today announces that the final instalment of the BIFFlix film series before the 16th annual Bermuda International Film Festival in April will take place this Sunday (March 24), 5.30pm, at The Tradewinds Auditorium in the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute.

The film screening is “Lore,” an unconventional take on the Holocaust legacy. The film is multi-award winning and nominated on the international film festival circuit. Infused with lush cinematography and an evocative, haunting mood, it centres upon 14-year old German girl Lore and five siblings left to fend for themselves after their father and mother, staunch Nazi believers, are killed by the victorious Allies at the end of World War II.

The young group undertake a harrowing journey that exposes them to the reality and consequences of their parents’ actions. They set out on a journey across a devastated country to reach their grandmother in the north.

After meeting the charismatic Thomas, a mysterious young refugee, Lore soon finds her world shattered by feelings of both hatred and desire as she must learn to trust the one person she has always been taught to hate in order to survive. Tickets are available in advance at www.ptix.bm or purchase at the door on the day from 4:30pm with cash, check, or credit card.

Tickets are priced at $15. The Film is in German with English subtitles and runs 106 minutes.

BIFF 2013 Announces Full Line-Up and Launches Interactive Online Film Guide

(Hamilton, Bermuda – March 15, 2013) – BIFF today announces the line-up for the 16th annual Bermuda International Film Festival taking place from April 12-18. Over 50 feature-length and short narratives and documentaries will be screened this year at Liberty Theatre and Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute. The BIFF 2013 programme combines the very best in world cinema with local filmmaking talent and a full cross-section of genres, styles and subject matter to ensure that there is something for all tastes.

This year BIFF has partnered with Festival Genius, the premier scheduling platform, to offer a fully searchable and interactive online film guide at: http://bermuda.festivalgenius.com/2013. The guide offers detailed synopses and trailers and you can create a log-in profile in order to add films to your personal calendar, as well as rate and review films.

To mark BIFF’s Sweet 16, the festival opens with “Ginger & Rosa,” a riveting coming-of- age story about two teenage girls growing up in the sixties in London. The two, played by Elle Fanning and Alice Englert, were best friends since they were toddlers until a scandalous betrayal drives them apart.

The backbone of the programme is the World Cinema category with narrative features from across Europe, the Middle East and North America. Leading the pack is this year’s Academy and Golden Globe ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ award winner, “Amour.” This universally acclaimed masterpiece paints a portrait of a Parisian couple dealing with old age that is as compassionate as it is merciless.

Other World Cinema narrative highlights include Cannes award-winners: “Beyond the Hills” (Best Screenplay, Best Actress); “The Angel’s Share” (Jury Prize); “The Hunt” (Best Actor) and “Laurence Anyways” (Queer Palm, Un Certain Regard). “The Attack,” set in Tel Aviv in the dramatic aftermath of a suicide bomb, rounds out the section.

The equally well-regarded World Cinema documentary selection covers a diverse range of subject matter: Indonesian paramilitary leader Anwar Congo and his dedicated followers in “The Act of Killing”; killer whales that kill in captivity in “Blackfish”; the persecution of albinos in Tanzania, “In the Shadow of the Sun”; the biased judicial system of West Bank, “The Law in these Parts”; Afghan television network, TOLO TV, in “The Network”; familial myths and memories in “Stories We Tell”; and gross miscarriage of justice in “West of Memphis.” BIFF 2013 ANNOUNCES FULL LINE-UP 

For the first time this year and in-keeping with a popular film festival custom, BIFF will be marking the middle of the festival with a Centrepiece Film. The touching and joyful “Unfinished Song” was selected for this honour. It brings together two icons of British cinema, Vanessa Redgrave and Terence Stamp, as a married couple struggling to cope with her terminal illness, but finding light relief and solace singing in the somewhat unconventional local seniors’ choir.

Also new this year is the Festival Jewels category for which BIFF’s programmers selected two recent big hits from the international festival circuit: “Chicken with Plums” and twice Golden Globe nominated “Rust and Bone.”

Our From the Onion Patch screening offers cinemagoers another chance to catch the latest offering from local filmmakers, Lucinda Spurling and Andrew Kirkpatrick, “In the Hour of Victory,” on the big screen. A documentary which tells a tragic love story set amid the turmoil of World War II, the film will screen for the first time at BIFF 2013 with a brand new soundtrack composed by Steve Gallant who was raised in Bermuda.

This year’s Special Presentation of “Femme: Women Healing the World” also has a local connection. Director by BIFF regular, Emmanuel Itier, it is a quest to find and interview the most important and influential women around the world. Among those interviewed are former Premiers of Bermuda, Dame Jennifer Smith and Dame Pamela Gordon (a long-time supporter of BIFF).

As BIFF is one of only a small number worldwide of Academy Award Qualifying festival for the Short Film – Live Action Oscar, there will also be a varied narrative shorts lineup screening in competition for the coveted Bermuda Shorts award presided over by an esteemed judging panel (to be announced). There will also be a number of though- provoking and highly regarded short documentaries for your viewing pleasure. The shorts will screen either in one of four themed packages or prior to feature presentations. The “Local Flavours” package comprises four short film from Bermudian filmmakers: Robert Zuill, Kara Smith, Karli Powell, Kev Lombard and Milton Raposo.

The festival will close with “Girl Most Likely,” a wildly quirky and optimistic comic comedy study featuring Kirsten Wiig, Annette Benning, Matt Dillon and Glee’s Darren Criss.

The BIFF 2013 online box office will open on March 25 and the physical box office will open on April 8. BIFF Patrons and Sponsors will be contacted directly next week and offered priority access to purchase tickets before the general public.

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Oscar Nominated The Silver Linings Playbook

(Hamilton, Bermuda – January 28, 2013) The Bermuda International Film Festival presents The Silver Linings Playbook on February 3rd at the Liberty Theatre. This is a fundraising event with the film screening at Liberty Theatre for one night only starting at 6pm.

Life doesn’t always go according to plan. Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper, “The Hangover”) has lost everything – his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother (Jacki Weaver, “Animal Kingdom”) and father (Robert DeNiro, “Raging Bull”) after spending eight months in a state institution on plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat’s parents want is for him to get back on his feet-and to share their family’s obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team. When Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence, “ Winter’s Bone”), a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he’ll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both their lives.

Featuring an all star cast including; Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro, Jackie Weaver, Julia Stiles and Chris Tucker who makes his first film appearance in five years. Winner of the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and nominated for a total of 8 Academy Awards including: Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Picture. Silver Linings Playbook is one of the most talked about films of the year.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to screen the latest film from celebrated director David O’Russell, the film has already won numerous awards and is bound to win an Oscar or two,” says David O’Beirne, Acting Chair of BIFF. “Audiences from previous years will be sure to enjoy this quirky romantic comedy which is similar to previous BIFF opening night selections such as Barney’s Version (BIFF 2011) and Darling Companion (BIFF 2012).

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at Premier Tickets. Tickets will be available on the day of at the door from 5pm. Proceeds to support BIFF programmes and the 2013 festival.

Next BIFFlix is one for the Downton Abbey Fans

“You’d be forgiven for thinking that you’ve just stumbled into a lost episode of Downton Abbey” – Time Out

“A sustained balancing act between dry upper-crust cynicism and pent-up passions” – The Hollywood Reporter

“Crowd Pleasing” – Indiewire

(Hamilton, Bermuda – January 20, 2013) – BIFF today announces that the January instalment of The Bermuda International Film Festival’s film series, BIFFlix, will be “Cheerful Weather for the Wedding.” Much compared to the popular British period drama television series, “Downton Abbey,” the film will screen on Sunday January 27, 5.30pm, at The Tradewinds Auditorium in the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, 40 Crow Lane, Pembroke.

The film premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival and is set on a gorgeous morning in England in 1932. A young bride, Dolly (Felicity Jones, “Cemetery Junction,” “Like Crazy”), should be overjoyed at the wonderful day about to unfold. But instead she’s locked up in her room with a bottle of rum day- dreaming about the time she spent last summer with a wonderful man; who is not her fiancé.

The bride’s mother, Hetty, is played by Academy award-winning Elizabeth McGovern, who actually appears in “Downton Abbey” as Cora, Countess of Grantham, a role that earned her a ‘Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film’ Golden Globe nomination in 2011. Hetty scurries about the house trying to placate the arriving stream of cousins, aunts and assorted family that are beginning to chatter about the missing bride. Hetty has planned out the day to the final detail, but the one thing she can’t plan on is the arrival of Joseph (Luke Treadway), Dolly’s brash best friend, throwing everything into disarray.

A combination of delightful light comedy, passionate romance and gorgeous settings make “Cheerful Weather for the Wedding” a warm-hearted joy.

Tickets are available in advance at www.ptix.bm or purchase at the door on the day from 4:30pm with cash, check, or credit card. Tickets are priced at $15. The Film is in English and runs 93 minutes.

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