Maltese Film Luzzu Sold to Major Territories

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    VALLETTA: Luzzu, the low budget Maltese film by Alex Camilleri, has secured distribution in major territories, including the USA, the UK, France, China, Spain, Scandinavia, Portugal, Greece, the former Yugoslavia, and Eastern Europe.

    The film is represented by Memento Films International.

    Kino Lorber has acquired the North American rights to the film, while Peccadillo has bought the rights for the UK, Epicentre for France, and Hugoeast for China.

    Luzzu tells the story of Jesmark, a struggling fisherman on the island of Malta, who is forced to risk everything by entering the world of black-market fishing in order to provide for his wife and new-born baby.

    The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2021 as the first Maltese film, in the Maltese language, to secure a spot in competition at an A list film festival. Its lead, Jesmark Scicluna, won the Grand Jury Prize for Acting at the American fest. Luzzu was produced by Rebecca Anastasi, Ramin Bahrani, Alex Camilleri and Oliver Mallia.

    Filming took place entirely in Malta. The production was financed through Screen Malta and the financial incentives provided by the Malta Film Commission and the Government of Malta.

    Production Information:

    Production Companies:
    Noruz Films
    Luzzu Ltd
    Maborosi Films

    Producers: Rebecca Anastasi, Ramin Bahrani, Alex Camilleri and Oliver Mallia
    Director: Alex Camilleri
    Starring: Jesmark Scicluna, Michela Farrugia and David Scicluna
    DOP: Leo Lefevre
    Costume Designer: Martina Zammit Maempel
    Production Designer: Jon Banthorpe
    Casting Director: Edward Said