Luzzu
Watch Now

Available virtual cinemas and theaters near zip code 20149

Cinema Art Bethesda View More Screenings

Luzzu

Directed by Alex Camilleri

Year: 2021
Running Time: 95 minutes
Country: Malta
Language: Maltese with English subtitles

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 the film's producer Ramin Bahrani (Man Push Cart, The White Tiger).

Reviews

“A neorealist telling in the tradition of the Dardenne brothers.”


“Cinematic magic. Stunning newcomer Jesmark Scicluna… will remind you of Daniel Day-Lewis.”


“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.”


“A moving tale of real-world strife... part observational drama, part social thriller.”


“A ravishing portrait of tradition in transition… teems with old-world beauty.”


“The kind of film Roberto Rossellini would have made if he were still alive today.”


Awards
  • Winner: Special Jury Prize for Acting (Jesmark Scicluna) – Sundance Film Festival

Cast
Jesmark Scicluna
Michela Farrugia
David Scicluna

Crew
Directed by Alex Camilleri
Writer Alex Camilleri
Produced by Rebecca Anastasi, Ramin Bahrani, Alex Camilleri and Oliver Mallia

Find a Theater Near You to Support


or
Venue City State Screening Options

a/perture cinema

Winston Salem

NC

ACME Screening Room

Lambertville

NJ

Alexander Valley Film Society

Cloverdale

CA

Amherst Cinema

Amherst

MA

Bozeman Film Society

Bozeman

MT

Brattle Theatre

Cambridge

MA

Carbon Arc Cinema

Halifax

NS

Chelsea Theater

Chapel Hill

NC

Cinema Art Bethesda Starts December 3!

Bethesda

MD

Crandell Theatre

Chatham

NY

Dairy Arts Center Starts December 1!

Boulder

CO

Denver Film / Sie FilmCenter

Denver

CO

Detroit Institute of Arts Starts January 14!

Detroit

MI

Digital Gym Cinema

San Diego

CA

Grand Illusion Cinema

Seattle

WA

Gray Duck Theater & Coffeehouse

Rochester

MN

Guild Cinema

Albuquerque

NM

Jarvis Conservatory

Napa

CA

Laemmle Theatres

Los Angeles

CA

Lake Worth Playhouse

Lake Worth

FL

Lascaux Micro Theater Starts December 3!

Buckhannon

WV

Lighthouse International Film Society

Long Beach Island

NJ

Little Art Cinema

Rockport

MA

Mayfair Theatre

Ottawa

ON

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Houston

TX

New Plaza Cinema

New York

NY

Orinda Theatre

Orinda

CA

Philadelphia Film Society

Philadelphia

PA

Quad Cinema

New York

NY

Railroad Square Cinema Starts January 29!

Waterville

ME

Salt Lake Film Society

Salt Lake City

UT

San Juan International Film Festival

San Juan

Puerto Rico

SBIFF's Riviera Theatre

Santa Barbara

CA

Scottsdale International Film Festival

Scottsdale

AZ

Smith Rafael Film Center Starts November 30!

San Rafael

CA

South Bay Film Society

Torrance

CA

Tallahassee Film Society

Tallahassee

FL

The Nightlight Cinema

Akron

OH

The Picture House

Pelham

NY

The Ryder Film Series Starts December 10!

Bloomington

IN

VIFF Centre

Vancouver

BC