Love Gala in association with Malta Tourism Authority

The Peanut Butter Falcon

The spirit of Mark Twain lives on in this effortlessly charming buddy movie about a young man in pursuit of his dreams.

Dir-Scr Michael Schwartz, Tyler Nilson
Prod Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, Christopher Lemole, Tim Zajaros, Lije Sarki, David Thies
With Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Zack Gottsagen
UK Distribution Signature Entertainment

Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a restless 22-year-old with Down’s Syndrome, is frustrated by the slow pace of life at the nursing home in which he resides. Itching for some excitement, he dreams of becoming a pro wrestler, obsessively re-watching a worn-out VHS tape of his favourite Lycra-clad hero, The Salt Water Redneck. Hatching a plan to meet his idol, Zak makes a break from his geriatric prison, with his worried carer Eleanor (Dakota Johnson) in hot pursuit. Meanwhile, struggling fisherman Tyler (Shia LaBeouf) is on a mission of his own – to escape the clutches of a pair of angry crabbers after unwisely messing with their traps. As fate brings these two accidental fugitives together, so begins the start of an epic journey, and a profound friendship, that will change both of their lives forever. The first feature from writer-directors Michael Schwartz and Tyler Nilson brims with an infectious sense of adventure impossible not to be swept up in. The ever-impressive LaBeouf and Johnson shine throughout, but this is Gottsagen’s film. Having previously appeared onscreen in the acclaimed documentary Becoming Bulletproof, his acting debut is nothing short of a revelation, guaranteed to stir the heart of even the most steadfast cynic.

Michael Blyth

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Michael Schwartz, director; Tyler Nilson, director; Zack Gottsagen, cast; Shia LaBeouf, cast.

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Additional information

The screening on Thursday 3 October is an accessible BSL screening for customers who are D/deaf or hard or hearing. The introduction and Q&A will be BSL interpreted.

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