Malta, 95m, DCP

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Screened October 15–November 4, 2021

A hardworking Maltese fisherman, Jesmark is faced with an agonizing choice. He can repair his leaky luzzu – a traditional, multicolored wooden fishing boat – in the hopes of eking out a meager living, or he can decommission it in exchange for an EU payout and cast his lot with a sinister black-market operation that is decimating the Mediterranean fish population and the livelihoods of the local families who depend on it. Luzzu won a Sundance Jury Prize for its nonprofessional lead actor Jesmark Scicluna, a real-life Maltese fisherman, and heralds the arrival of writer-director-editor Alex Camilleri. His gripping film operates in the neorealist tradition of Luchino Visconti, Roberto Rossellini, and the Dardenne brothers and calls to mind the work of the film’s producer Ramin Bahrani (Man Push CartThe White Tiger). A Kino Lorber release

In Maltese with English subtitles

Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Malta’s Official Submission for the 2022 Academy Award for Best International Feature Film

A film by Alex Camilleri

A moving tale of real-world strife — a sort of low-key, contemporary take on Visconti’s neorealist classic La Terra Trema.”

Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

A ravishing portrait of tradition in transition, Luzzu brings Malta to the forefront.”

Carlos Aguilar,