BREAKING GLASS CHOOSES TO PLAY THE DEVIL

Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired North American rights to the mystical, LGBT drama PLAY THE DEVIL. Breaking Glass acquired rights to the film in February in a deal negotiated between Breaking Glass CEO Rich Wolff and Bahamian writer/director Maria Govan (Rain) of Play the Devil Pictures Limited. The film will arrive on DVD & VOD on May 15.

Described as a film that evokes a “powerful sense of place” (The Hollywood Reporter) and explores “complex depictions of male relationships” (Shadow and Act), PLAY THE DEVIL stars Petrice Jones (‘Step Up: High Water’, iBoy, Spotless), and newcomers Gareth Jenkins, Akil Nicholas, and Penelope Spencer.

The film held its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival, and went on to play numerous other festivals, including Woodstock Film Festival where the film won Best Female Feature Director, Cleveland International Film Festival, MiFo LGBT Film Festival Miami, Vancouver Queer Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, and qFLIX Philadelphia where it took home the Jury Award for Best Feature Film.

PLAY THE DEVIL follows Gregory, a gifted working-class teenager from Paramin, who stars in a theater play that brings him to the attention of James, an affluent businessman. The two men strike an uncanny friendship as James takes Greg under his wing, pushing him to discover himself professionally, creatively, and intimately. Confused, Greg must at once deal with the return of his drug addicted father, and navigate through the early days of adulthood. As Carnival Monday approaches and the locals prepare for the annual male initiation parade, Greg must confront James – an act which will cumulate in life changing events for him.

“Govan’s stunning and exotic film, set against the lush and mysterious Carnival, tells the classic story of seduction between older and younger, while retaining a firm footing in the strict taboos of Trinidadian culture”, said Richard Ross, Co-President of Breaking Glass. “This assured second feature deftly navigates a culture steeped in repressed sexual desires, anchored by secrets, lies, and homophobia, that leads to a powerful and inevitable tragic conclusion.”

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