Filter Program

August 2021
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28

Luzzu Unclassified 18+

Director: Alex Camilleri
Origin: Malta (2020)
Language: Maltese with English subtitles

A lead turn reminiscent of Marlon Brando anchors this neo-realist look at the Maltese fishing industry.

Jesmark is caught between his devotion to the family trade – and his brightly-painted heirloom luzzu fishing vessel – and the worsening economic pressures surrounding it: the iron vice of Brussels’ bureaucracy is squeezing the local fishermen’s haul, his infant son needs expensive medical treatment, and the boat has sprung a leak. A trip into the murky waters of the seafood black market might hand him a lifeline … or a final break with tradition.

Maltese-American writer, director and editor Alex Camilleri turns the lens on his ancestral island home in this affecting debut feature – the first Maltese production ever selected for a major film-festival competition. Produced by arthouse mainstay Ramin Bahrani (99 Homes, MIFF 2015), and taking cues from the revelatory working-class portraiture of Ken Loach, Andrea Arnold and the Dardenne brothers, Luzzu is steered by a powerfully authentic performance from charismatic real-life fisherman Jesmark Scicluna, who won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting at this year’s Sundance.

“Camilleri profiles little-represented lives with intelligence and integrity … Altogether bracing with its thorny labor politics and salty sea air.” – Variety

In Cinema

Sat 14 Aug 6:15 pm [22101]
Luzzu (94 mins)
Sun Theatre Yarraville
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Past event

For more venue information and for information about accessible services provided at MIFF this year, please go to miff.com.au/access.

To ensure that MIFF can provide you with the best customer service, if you require any accessibility services that MIFF offers at any MIFF venues, please book your ticket by emailing boxoffice@miff.com.au or by phone on 03 9087 3395.

Online

40754
Fri 06 Aug 9:00 am [40754]
Luzzu (94 mins)
Online 100% Subtitles Subtitles
Past event
Key Cast
David Scicluna, Jesmark Scicluna, Michela Farrugia
Director
Alex Camilleri
Producers
Alex Camilleri, Oliver Mallia, Ramin Bahrani, Rebecca Anastasi
Screenwriter
Alex Camilleri
Editor
Alex Camilleri
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere
Company Credit
Distributor: Memento Films

You might like...