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Luzzu

1h 34m โ€ข Drama โ€ข 2021

Jesmark, a struggling fisherman on the island of Malta, must make an agonising choice: repair his leaking luzzu โ€“ the traditional wooden fishing boat that has been in his family for generations โ€“ or decommission it in exchange for a government pay-out. Faced with the temptation of making easy money working for a black-market fishing operation, Jesmark must reconcile his desire to preserve tradition with the need to provide for his young family. The award-winning and critically acclaimed debut of writer-director Alex Camilleri recalls the neorealist traditions of Luchino Visconti, Roberto Rossellini and Ramin Bahrani, and offers a glimpse into the beauty of an island rarely portrayed in cinema.

Director

Alex Camilleri

Producer

Ramin Bahrani

Language

Maltese

Subtitles

English

Country

Malta

Bonus Content

Lampuki

3m

Footage by director Alex Camilleri in Summer 2018 as he accompanies Jesmark and David Scicluna on a 24-hour fishing trip to harvest lampuki (dorado, or mahi-mahi).

Slipway

1m

Director Alex Camilleri documents the fishermen working together to pull Jesmarkโ€™s family boat โ€˜Ta Palmaโ€™ onto land to protect it from a storm. Shot in Fall 2018 in Ghar Lapsi, the small bay from which Jesmark and David fish.

Screen Test

2m

Jesmark and David Sciclunaโ€™s improvised screen test from the day they met Director Alex Camilleri.

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