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Maltese film premiering at the Sundance Film Festival

That’s right everyone! Maltese film named Luzzu, will be premiering at the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival tomorrow.

The screening itself is geo-blocked to the United States of America but there will indeed be a live Q&A featuring the Maltese cast after the screening. This session will take place at 10:44pm and can be watched wherever you are in the world you are, including Malta. 

What is Luzzu about?

Penned, directed and edited by Alex Camilleri, Luzzu revolves around Jesmark, a struggling fisherman in Malta, who is forced to risk everything by entering the world of blackmarket fishing, in order to provide for his wife and newborn baby. Along the journey to improve life for his family, Jesmark abandons tradition and discovers a shadow economy of blackmarket fishing, smuggling and sabotage.

Luzzu, the first Maltese feature to compete in a major international festival, delivers a rare glimpse into the island and stars both non-actors and professionals in lead roles. 

The film is produced by Rebecca Anastasi, Ramin Bahrani, Alex Camilleri and Oliver Mallia. 

It was shot in Malta and made with the support of the Malta Film Fund, as well as financial incentives from the Malta Film Commission and the Maltese government. 

“We’re incredibly proud of Alex and our talented and almost entirely local cast and crew. We can’t wait to show the world just how much this little island of ours has to offer, said Anastasi and Mallia. Memento Films International’s team described the feature as a “beautiful discovery” set on a “magical and rarely-seen on-screen island.”