12A
1hr 35mins

Taking its title from the name given to traditional Maltese fishing boats, Luzzu follows a young father’s work as a fisherman forced into illegal fishing methods in a desperate attempt to provide for his family.

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Alex Camilleri
12A
Drama
Strong language
Maltese
Contains Foreign Language Subtitles

This is a politically prescient work that responds to recent EU fishing regulations while impressively evoking filmmakers like the Dardenne Brothers (L’Enfant, Two Days, One Night) and Chloé Zhao (Songs My Brother Taught Me, Nomadland).

Director Alex Camilleri (also the film’s writer and editor) gathers a cast of non-professional actors selected from the working Maltese fishermen which, in addition to on-location detail, lends the film its persuasive texture of authenticity.

Camilleri’s visual language is also clearly informed by his editorial experience with the Iranian-American director, Ramin Bahrani (Chop Shop, 99 Homes, The White Tiger).

With performances of gritty naturalism, Luzzu becomes an immersive realist exploration of inheritance, traditions and parenthood buckling under the pressures of economic precarity.

“A ravishing portrait of tradition in transition… teems with old-world beauty” – Roger Ebert

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