BIFF Box Office Opens, More Films Announced

February 15, 2016

As the box office for the 19th edition of the Bermuda International Film Festival — which is set to be held from March 4-11 — opens at www.ptix.bm, more films have been added to the line-up.

A further two films from acclaimed filmmakers will be offered at BIFF 2016 under the banner of Special Presentations, and Bermuda will be given a sneak peak of these films at BIFF ahead of their general release.

Firstly, The Program, from Academy Award nominated director Stephen Frears [The Queen, Philomena], is a biopic about the meteoric rise and fall of one of the most celebrated and controversial men in recent history, Lance Armstrong. When he fought back from life-threatening cancer to win the 1999 Tour de France, it seemed almost too good to be true. It was.

Based on the award winning book “Seven Deadly Sins” by David Walsh, and featuring a stellar cast including Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd, and Dustin Hoffman, this tense thriller looks at how one of the greatest deceptions in the modern era was uncovered, and how a few brave people fought to save a sport they loved from corruption.

Trailer for The Program

The second Special Presentation is documentary Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr.  The 28-year-old Canadian, Omar Khadr, has been a polarizing figure since he was 15 – child soldier or unrepentant terrorist? This film achieved unprecedented access and features exclusive interviews with Khadr. It had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival and appeared as one of TIFF’s ‘Top Ten 2015′, a screening series of noteworthy Canadian features. 

In 2002, Khadr was captured by Americans in Afghanistan and charged with war crimes. After spending nearly half his life behind bars, including a decade at Guantanamo, Khadr is suddenly released. Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr delivers an intimate portrait of how a teenager from a Toronto suburb became the centre of one of the first U.S. war crimes trial since the prosecution of Nazi commanders in the 1940s.

Trailer for Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr

In BIFF’s late night slots, two films of a darker and more risque nature will be screened. They are provocative, controversial and uncompromising visions that take an innovative approach to the art of storytelling.

Bang Gang: A Modern Love Story is a bold feature debut by French filmmaker Eva Husson explores the sexual exploits and awakenings of a group of teenagers on the beaches [and in the beds] of Biarritz.

George, a pretty teen girl, falls in love with Alex. To get his attention, she initiates a game with their friends, discovering, testing and pushing the limits of their sexuality. When the nature of their activities is revealed, each of them deals with the scandal in radically different ways. Faced with the implosion of their value systems, they move on by reassessing their priorities, finding love and their real desires. Bang Gang was nominated for prizes at both London and Toronto film festivals.

The Lobster takes the second After Hours slot at BIFF. Award-winning Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos delivers this dark comedy set in a world where people are not allowed to be single.  It features the all-star cast of Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C Reilly, Ben Whishaw and Lea Seydoux.

The Lobster enjoyed a highly successful introduction on the festival circuit, scooping three prizes at Cannes, as well as a European Film Award and a BAFTA nomination. also appears in second place in Indiewire‘s Critics Poll of Most Anticipated of 2016.

Trailer for The Lobster

The online BIFF 2016 box office is now open and allows ticket purchases up to one hour prior to each film. Self service kiosks at Freisenbruch Meyer on Front Street will be open Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am and 5pm. Tickets will also be available at City Hall, the venue for all film screenings, an hour prior to every film screening, subject to availability.

Alternatively, contact Premier Tickets on 278 1500, Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am and 5pm. Please note all phone orders are subject to a $3 service charge.

Tickets to all BIFF 2016 regular screenings are priced $15, with the exception of the opening and closing gala presentation ticked priced $30. Short Film Programme tickets are priced $5.We accept the following methods of payment: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, plus cash and check in person at the City Hall Box Office.

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