Alex Camilleri’s feature-length debut Luzzu will make its world premiere at the 2021 edition of the Sundance Film Festival, where it will compete in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition category.
The festival, regarded as the largest American independent film festival in the world, runs from 28th January to 3rd February 2021. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the forthcoming edition will host its main screenings at Park City in Utah, with satellite screenings taking place at several other US cities and online.
Luzzu was filmed in Malta in 2019 and was written and directed by Camilleri. The film centres on the life of a Maltese fisherman played by first time actor Jesmark Scicluna. Michela Farrugia and David Scicluna also appear in the film.
Pellikola is one of the production companies involved in the making of the film. The project is produced by Oliver Mallia, along with Rebecca Anastasi, Ramin Bahrani (The White Tiger, 99 Homes) and Alex Camilleri.
The project received funding from the Malta Film Fund (now Screen Malta) and benefited from the cash rebate provided by the Malta Film Commission.