Luzzu (2021)

  • New Directors/New Films
  • 1h 34m
  • Malta
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A hardworking Maltese fisherman, Jesmark is faced with an agonizing choice. He could repair his leaky wooden luzzu boat in the hopes of eking out a meager living at sea for his wife and newborn son, just as his father and father’s father did before him. Or he could 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 justly won a Sundance Jury Prize for the nonprofessional lead actor Jesmark Scicluna, and heralds the arrival of writer-director-editor Alex Camilleri, a gripping storyteller in the neorealist tradition of early Luchino Visconti and the Dardenne brothers as well as his mentor Ramin Bahrani (Man Push Cart, The White Tiger), a producer of the film and an alumnus of New Directors himself. A Kino Lorber Release


Alex Camilleri





Bonus Content

New Directors/New Films 2021 Trailer
Luzzu Q&A

A conversation with director Alex Camilleri moderated by MOMA film programmer, Rajendra Roy.

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