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Films, Talks & Events, Drama 1h 34m 2020 Malta

A Maltese fisher must choose either family tradition or modern poaching, in this stunning neorealist work recalling both Rossellini and the Dardennes.

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A hard-working Maltese fisher, Jesmark, is faced with an agonizing choice: He can repair his leaky luzzu — a traditional, multicolored wooden fishing boat — in the hopes of eking out a meager living at sea for his wife and newborn son, just as his father and grandfather did before him. Or, he can decommission it in exchange for an EU payout and cast his lot with a sinister black-market operation that is decimating the Mediterranean fish population and the livelihoods of the local families who depend on it. Luzzu won a Sundance Jury Prize for its nonprofessional lead actor Jesmark Scicluna, a real-life fisherman, and heralds the arrival of writer-director-editor Alex Camilleri. His gripping film operates in the neorealist traditions of Luchino Visconti, Roberto Rossellini, and the Dardenne brothers, and calls to mind the socially engaged cinema of Ken Loach and the film’s co-producer Ramin Bahrani (Man Push Cart, The White Tiger).


Alex Camilleri


Maltese, English



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