Kino Lorber has bought the North American rights to Alex Camilleri’s feature debut, Luzzu, which premiered at Sundance and won the Special Jury Award for its lead actor, Jesmark Scicluna. The film is being sold by Memento Intl.
— Alex Camilleri (@alex_camilleri) March 2, 2021
Luzzu was penned, directed, and edited by Camilleri, a fellow local living in New York. The film revolves around Jesmark, a struggling fisherman who is forced to risk it all by entering the black-market world of fishing to provide for his family.
Luzzu was also the first Maltese feature to ever compete in a major international festival like this! It was praised heavily by critics and was produced by Rebecca Anastasi, Ramin Bahrani, Camilleri, and Oliver Mallia.
So proud of my leading man. Prosit Jesmark! 🇲🇹🎞 https://t.co/k4LP6VQIFH
— Alex Camilleri (@alex_camilleri) February 3, 2021
Lorber will release the film later this year, ‘Nothing is more exciting than to see the emergence of a new filmmaking talent, and I suspect ‘Luzzu’ is just the first of many great things to come from Alex Camilleri’, as Kino Lorber’s senior VP Wendy Lidell shared.
Memento Intl. also scored deals in places like the UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Yugoslavia, and many more!
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The Maltese-American filmmaker Camilleri shared, ‘It’s been incredibly gratifying to see the response to ‘Luzzu’ — while the setting of Malta is unique, the theme of weighing tradition against survival is universal. I can’t wait for audiences to connect with our phenomenal cast and the rich world of Malta’s fishermen’.
All filming took place here in Malta and was made with the support of Screen Malta and the financial enticements provided by the Malta Film Commission and the government of Malta.