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BIFF 2011 tickets are now on sale organisers

Tickets for the 2011 Bermuda International Film Festival (BIFF) are now on sale.

‘Barney's Vision' opens the annual event on March 18.

Paul Giamatti earned a Golden Globe for his role in the “humorous yet tragic tale” of his three marriages.

Dustin Hoffman, Minnie Driver and Rosamund Pike also star.

“We are really pleased with the BIFF 2011 selection, which could well be the most celebrated yet,” said BIFF programme director David O'Beirne.

“BIFF's mission is to advance the love of independent film from around the world and I believe [our] World Cinema showcase will do just that, with features from Korea, Denmark and Canada to name just a few.

“There is something for everyone from the poignant and thought-provoking to the sublimely funny.”

The festival, which draws hundreds of residents with its eclectic line up of films submitted by filmmakers here and abroad, runs through March 24.

The World Cinema line-up of ten films features two Oscar winners, two Golden Globe winners and three Cannes Film Festival award winners.

‘In a Better World' received both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Feature Film.

A Danish film with English subtitles, it tells the story of a doctor who commutes between his home in an idyllic town in Denmark and his work at an African refugee camp.

‘The Illusionist', which scooped Best Animated Feature Film at the Golden Globes and a nomination in the same category at the Oscars, will also be shown.

“It centres around a magician whose thunder is being stolen by emerging rock stars who eventually meets a young fan who changes his life forever.

Also in the BIFF 2011 line-up is ‘Another Year'. It follows four seasons in the lives of a happily married couple, and their relationships with their family and friends.

The film picked up the 2011 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Arguably the most high profile film on the BIFF 2011 line-up is ‘Biutiful'. The film was a Best Foreign Language Film nominee at the recent Academy Awards.

Its star Javier Bardem, was also nominated as Best Actor in a Leading Role. ‘Biutiful' is a love story between a father and his children set in modern Barcelona.

It is joined at BIFF 2011 by ‘Incendies', which was also nominated in the Best Foreign Feature Film category at the Academy Awards.

Several film highlights of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival also feature in the BIFF 2011 line-up. ‘Poetry', a Korean film, won best screenplay there, while ‘Of Gods and Men' received the Grand Prize of the Jury as well as a BAFTA nomination for Best Film not in the English language.

‘Armadillo' is a Critics' Week Grand Prize winner. The film also received the Grierson Prize for best documentary at the London Film Festival.

‘Life During Wartime' was the Best Screenplay winner at Venice Film Festival; ‘Position Among the Stars' received the World Cinema Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival this year.

It was also named Best Feature-Length Documentary Award and Best Dutch Documentary Award at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam.

Director Sofia Coppola's ‘Somewhere' will close this year's festival.

Winner of the top Golden Lion prize at the Venice Film Festival, it is an intimate portrait of a somewhat absent father played by Stephen Dorff.

He has missed out on much of his daughter Cleo's childhood and now has an opportunity to make up some lost time.

The full programme for BIFF 2011 will be announced later this week. Films will be screened at Speciality Cinema & Grill and Liberty Theatre.

The box office opens today at 10am. Tickets are also available at www.biff.bm and at the iStore from 10am to 2pm.

Admission is $9 for children, $10 for BIFF members, and $15 for BIFF non-members. Opening and closing film tickets are $25.

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Published March 09, 2011 at 1:00 am (Updated March 09, 2011 at 8:53 am)

BIFF 2011 tickets are now on sale organisers

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