Athens International Film Festival
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LUZZU

MALTA | 2021 | COLOR | DCP | 94’ | MALTESE

A Maltese fisherman struggles to make an honest living for his wife and their newborn baby, against competition, illegal fishery and a black market ravaging the island’s fish market. At least until he succumbs to the rules of the game. Coming from an unexpected corner of the cinematic map (Malta), Alex Camilleri’s debut is a cinéma vérité that would make the Dardenne brothers proud.

In the muddy waters of cynical reality, where tradition is drowned and big fish eat little fish, the American-Maltese director paints an authentic picture of his birthplace, getting a great performance from his amateur protagonist – a fisherman in real life - for which the latter was rightly awarded at Sundance. N.S.

DIRECTOR: Alex Camilleri
SCREENWRITER: Alex Camilleri
DoP: Léo Lefèvre
MUSIC: Jon Natchez
EDITOR: Alex Camilleri
PRINCIPAL CAST: Jesmark Scicluna, Michela Farrugia, David Scicluna, Frida Cauchi

ALEX CAMILLIERI
American-Maltese director, producer and editor, based in New York. His editorial work has been screened at international festivals (Venice, Telluride). This is his feature film debut.

FILMOGRAPHY
2021 Luzzu



    Publication date: 2021-09-13 23:43:39

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Director in attendance.

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