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Luzzu

Directed by Alex Camilleri

Release: 2021
Runtime: 95
Country: Malta
Language: Maltese with English subtitles
Director: Alex Camilleri
Producer: Rebecca Anastasi, Ramin Bahrani, Alex Camilleri, Oliver Mallia
Writer: Alex Camilleri

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 socially engaged cinema of Ken Loach and the film’s producer Ramin Bahrani (Man Push Cart, The White Tiger).

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Technical Info

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Color: Color

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a/perture cinema Winston Salem 1635480000October 29 - November 19, 2021
ACME Screening Room Lambertville 1636693200November 12 - December 10, 2021
Alexander Valley Film Society Cloverdale 1637211600November 18 - December 3, 2021
All Saints Cinema / Tallahassee Film Society Tallahassee 1636693200November 12, 2021 - January 14, 2022
Amherst Cinema Amherst 1637298000November 19 - December 17, 2021
Belcourt Theatre Nashville 1642568400January 19 - January 21, 2022
Bijou Theatre Lincoln City 1642136400January 14 - April 25, 2022
Bozeman Film Society Bozeman 1636693200November 12 - December 10, 2021
Brattle Theatre Cambridge 1637902800November 26 - December 1, 2021
Carbon Arc Cinema Halifax 1636084800November 5 - November 26, 2021
Chelsea Theater Chapel Hill 1636693200November 12 - December 3, 2021
Cinema Art Bethesda Bethesda 1638507600December 3 - December 20, 2021
Crandell Theatre Chatham 1634961600October 23 - October 24, 2021
Dairy Arts Center Boulder 1638334800December 1 - December 6, 2021
Denver Film / Sie FilmCenter Denver 1637902800November 26 - December 24, 2021
Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit 1642136400January 14 - January 17, 2022
Digital Gym Cinema San Diego 1636693200November 12, 2021 - January 14, 2022
Gold Coast Film Great Neck 1639717200December 17, 2021 - February 18, 2022
Grail Moviehouse Asheville 1639112400December 10, 2021 - January 7, 2022
Grand Cinema Tacoma 1641877200January 11 - January 12, 2022
Grand Illusion Cinema Seattle 1636693200November 12 - December 10, 2021
Gray Duck Theater & Coffeehouse Rochester 1636693200November 12 - November 26, 2021
Guild Cinema Albuquerque 1637902800November 26 - November 30, 2021
Jarvis Conservatory Napa 1634961600October 23 - October 24, 2021
Laemmle Theatres Los Angeles 1634875200October 22 - December 9, 2021
Lake Worth Playhouse Lake Worth 1637902800November 26 - December 2, 2021
Lascaux Micro Theater Buckhannon 1638507600December 3 - December 31, 2021
Lighthouse International Film Society Long Beach Island 1634097600October 13 - October 14, 2021
Little Art Cinema Rockport 1636084800November 5 - November 26, 2021
Martha's Vineyard Film Society Vineyard Haven 1639717200December 17, 2021 - January 14, 2022
Mayfair Theatre Ottawa 1636693200November 12 - December 10, 2021
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Houston 1634875200October 22 - October 23, 2021
Nantucket Dreamland Nantucket 1639544400December 15 - December 16, 2021
New Plaza Cinema New York 1636693200November 12, 2021 - January 14, 2022
Orinda Theatre Orinda 1634270400October 15 - October 29, 2021
Park City Film Park City 1638507600December 3 - December 17, 2021
Philadelphia Film Society Philadelphia 1636084800November 5 - December 3, 2021
Quad Cinema New York 1634270400October 15 - November 12, 2021
Railroad Square Cinema Waterville 1643432400January 29 - January 31, 2022
Salt Lake Film Society Salt Lake City 1636693200November 12 - December 3, 2021
San Juan International Film Festival San Juan 1633579200October 7 - October 14, 2021
SBIFF's Riviera Theatre Santa Barbara 1636084800November 5 - November 12, 2021
Scottsdale International Film Festival Scottsdale 1636084800November 5 - November 10, 2021
Sedona International Film Festival Sedona 1645246800February 19 - February 28, 2022
Smith Rafael Film Center San Rafael 1638248400November 30 - December 1, 2021
South Bay Film Society Torrance 1634097600October 13 - October 14, 2021
Sudbury Indie Cinema Sudbury 1641531600January 7 - April 8, 2022
The Nightlight Cinema Akron 1637298000November 19 - December 17, 2021
The Picture House Pelham 1638507600December 3 - December 31, 2021
The Ryder Film Series Bloomington 1639112400December 10 - December 19, 2021
VIFF Centre Vancouver 1635480000October 29 - November 19, 2021