Jesmark, a self-employed hardworking fisherman who is struggling to make ends meet, must choose between repairing his leaky luzzu - a traditional, multi-coloured fishing boat - or decommissioning it and taking an EU pay-out.
With a wife and young baby to support, 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.
Luzzu is both an intimate and affecting character study – driven by a commanding performance by non-professional actor and real life fisherman Jesmark Scicluna – and a soulful lament at the loss of cultural tradition in the face of political progress.
Director: Alex Camilleri
Cast: Jesmark Scicluna, Michela Farrugia, David Scicluna
BFI London Film Festival 2021
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2021
Sofia International Film Festival 2021
Sundance Film Festival 2021
Winner – World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting, Jesmark Scicluna: Sundance Film Festival 2021
Winner – Young Jury Award, Best Film: Sofia International Film Festival 2021
‘Luzzu is beautifully shot, if at times emotionally restrained, in its centering around a man who’s occasionally hard to read. But it boast a true discovery in the casting of Jesmark Scicluna, a real fisherman who plays a version of himself, and here playing a struggling parent trying to eke out a living along the docks.’Ryan Lattanzio, IndieWire
‘The impressive feature debut from Maltese-American writer and director Alex Camilleri manages to be both self-contained, in its depiction of an embattled community, but also unexpectedly far-reaching in its themes.’Wendy Ide, Screen International
‘An honest, affecting slab of working-class portraiture, altogether bracing with its thorny labor politics and salty sea air.’Guy Lodge, Variety