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Italian Netflix film chooses Malta for its production

The very first trailer for the film ‘L’Incredibile Storia dell’Isola Delle Rose’ has finally been released. Starring Elio Germano, Fabrizio Bentivoglio and Tom Wlaschiha, the movie will be released on Netflix on 9 December. We’re already excited and constantly refreshing our Netflix browsers!

The production, which was partly filmed in Malta, is based on the real story of an engineer. In 1968, the engineer build an island 11 kilometres off the coast of Italy and declared it independent, in a direct challenge to the Italian state. The man-made platform was officially called the ‘Repubblica dell’Isola delle Rose’.

The production was partially shot in Malta with all the water and sea sequences having been shot at the Malta Film Studios water tanks. What’s more, it benefitted from the cash rebate incentive offered by the Malta Film Commission, with the total budget in Malta amounting to no less than €3,000,000.

Julia Farrugia Portelli, minister for Tourism and Consumer Protection expressed how gleeful she was that another high-level quality production chose the Maltese Islands for filming. She also added that the incentives offered by the government, along with the beautiful backdrop in the middle of the Mediterranean, were key elements in attracting this production locally.

“In spite of the challenging outlook in the film and TV industry, due to the present circumstances, Malta will strive to continue to attract more productions this year,” added the minister.

Malta Film Commissioner Johann Grech said that they are “glad to have hosted the first international Netflix show at the Malta Film Studios.”

He added: “We are experiencing and seeing the result of positive work done in recent years and we will continue working harder to attract more productions of a high quality standard such as this one.”