Drama | Maltese with English subtitles | 94 minutes


Jesmark, a hardworking Maltese fisherman, plies his trade just as his father and grandfather did before him. But problems arise: the few fish he now catches are not profitable;  the Luzzu, his colorfully painted wooden fishing boat, is leaking;  he and his wife Denise are informed their infant baby will require expensive medical care.  Jesmark realizes his world of being a simple fisherman is ending. As he and his wife struggle, Jesmark has to make some tough decisions. 

Jesmark Scicluna (Jesmark) / Michela Farrugia (Denise)
Why Stream This Film?
Alex Camilleri’s terrific debut film is only Malta’s second-ever entry for the Academy Awards. 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 100%
  • Metacritic Score: 79
  • Athens International Film Festival: Nominated, Best Film
  • Sundance Film Festival: Winner, Best Actor (Scicluna)
  • Luzzu received a perfect 100% Rotten Tomatoes score.
Sun-drenched LUZZU is an unaffected triumph with a simmering power, the type pf deceivingly familiar film that helps us sail into a place and a lifestyle most of us ignore but that are made vividly compelling in the hand of a new storyteller with classically honed sensibilities.
Carlos Aguilar

Los Angeles Times

In LUZZU, director/writer Alex Camilleri demonstrates a sophisticated understanding of how small moments can build a sense of place: sandals on the salty floor of a fishery; a metal scraper peeling paint from a hull; a priest blessing boats for safe passage. Malta’s views are arresting, but the images Camilleri chooses would never be found in a travel brochure. In his subtle, vérité approach, he captures something special – not one man’s crisis but a community’s culture.
Natalia Winkelman

The New York Times

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