Writer-director-editor Alex Camilleri’s powerful neorealist drama is a rare home-grown Maltese production.
Rebecca Anastasi, Oliver Mallia, Ramin Bahrani
Jesmark Scicluna, Michela Farrugia, David Scicluna
Malta 2021. 94min
With English subtitles
Self-employed fisherman Jesmark is struggling to make ends meet in an increasingly challenging profession. With a wife and young baby to support, Jesmark finds himself in constant battle against both draconian EU legislation, which limit the types of fish that can be caught each season, and the giant commercial trawlers that dominate the sea. Though determined to maintain his independence, despite mounting financial pressures at home, Jesmark sees no way out of his situation. Until he discovers a black-market operation that could offer a risky solution to his problems. Taking its name from the brightly coloured, traditional Maltese fishing boats, Luzzu is both an intimate and affecting character study – driven by a commanding performance by non-professional actor Jesmark Scicluna – and a soulful lament at the loss of cultural tradition in the face of political progress.
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