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Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:World Cinema
Family Drama
Culture & Society
Best of Fest Encores
Release Year:2021
Runtime:94 min
Print Source:Kino Lorber
Director:Alex Camilleri
Producer:Rebecca Anastasi
Ramin Bahrani
Alex Camilleri
Oliver Mallia
Cinematographer:Léo Lefèvre
Screenwriter:Alex Camilleri
Composer:Jon Natchez
Principal Cast:Jesmark Scicluna
Michela Farrugia
David Scicluna


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The colorful luzzo boats, for generations made out of wood, painted in bright yellows, reds, greens, and other colors, are a trademark of Maltese fisherman. When Jesmark finds his precious boat leaking, it might spell disaster, in this Sundance award-winning drama from director Alex Camilleri.

Jesmark is overwhelmed. Even without the leak, his livelihood is threatened by diminishing harvests, by corporate fishing, and by an ecosystem on the verge of collapse. With the leak compounding his troubles, and his newborn son requiring medical care, Jesmark turns to a black-market fishing operation that may destroy him, body and soul. One of the very few films shot in Malta and concerning a Maltese subject, Alex Camilleri spent years befriending Maltese fishermen, whom he cast in his film, most notably lead actor Jesmark Scicluna. “A ravishing portrait of tradition in transition, Luzzu brings Malta to the forefront.” --Carlos Aguilar,

Director Biography

Maltese American filmmaker Alex Camilleri, has worked with filmmaker Ramin Bahrani for many years. He has directed the short films “Elli and the Astronaut” (2009), “Still Here” (2010), and “Prickly Pear” (2017). Luzzu (2021) is his debut feature.