Directed by Alex Camilleri

Jesmark, a Maltese fisherman, is faced with an agonising choice, when the livelihood that has sustained his family for generations is threatened. Should he repair his leaky luzzu – a traditional, multi-coloured wooden fishing boat – in the hopes of eking out a meagre living at sea or decommission it in exchange for an EU payout. In desperation, his actions bring him closer to an illicit black-market fishing operation.

Luzzu won a Sundance Jury Prize for its non-professional 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.

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120 minutes

English and Maltese

Partial English

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