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LUZZU (Malta)

October 2, 2021 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:00 pm

October 15 in New York
and October 22 in Los Angeles
Desert Film Society – Oct 2
Luzzu - Official Trailer
WINNER: Sundance Film Festival-Special Jury Prize for the lead actor
Official selection: New Directors/New Films
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 at sea for his wife and newborn son, just as his father and grandfather did before him. 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 Rosselini, and the Dardenne brothers and calls to mind the work of Ramin Bahrani (Man Push Cart, The White Tiger), also a producer of the film.

“A neorealist telling in the tradition of the Dardenne brothers.” – Ryan Lattanzio, Indiewire

“Cinematic magic. Stunning newcomer Jesmark Scicluna… will remind you of Daniel Day-Lewis.” – Kurt Brokaw, The Independent Magazine

“An affecting neorealist drama… indebted to the stripped-bare postwar Italian cinema of Visconti and Rosselini… but Luzzu’s brawny, sun-broiled shoulders can sustain the weight of its influences.” – Guy Lodge, Variety

“A moving tale of real-world strife… part observational drama, part social thriller.” – Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

“A ravishing portrait of tradition in transition… teems with old-world beauty.” – Carlos Aguilar, RogerEbert.com

“The kind of film Roberto Rossellini would have made if he were still alive today.” – Jordan Ruimy, World of Reel

“A simple, yet beautiful film due to this sense of place, Luzzu highlights a story that’s rooted in tradition and particularity.” – Michael Frank, The Film Stage

“Manages to be both self-contained, in its depiction of an embattled community, but also unexpectedly far-reaching in its themes.” – Wendy Ide, Screen Daily


October 2, 2021
10:00 am to approx. 12:00 pm
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Historic Camelot Theatre @ the Palm Springs Cultural Center
2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States


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