Jesmark, a Maltese fisherman, contends with a newfound leak in his wooden Luzzu boat. Barely getting by, he sees his livelihood — and a family tradition from generations before him — imperiled by diminishing harvests, a ruthless fishing industry, and a stagnating ecosystem. Desperate to provide for his wife and their newborn son, whose growth impediment requires treatment, Jesmark gradually slips into an illicit black market fishing operation.

Director's Biography

Alex Camilleri is a Maltese-American filmmaker. He is an alumnus of both the Sundance and Film Independent labs. As a film editor, his work has screened at major festivals; credits include KEEP THE CHANGE and BLOOD KIN, and as an Associate Editor on HBO’s FAHRENHEIT 451. He is currently preparing his sophomore feature, also to be set in Malta.

2021 - LUZZU
2018 - FAHRENHEIT 451, associate editor
2018 - BLOOD KIN, short, editor
2017 - KEEP THE CHANGE, editor
2017 - PRICKLY PEAR, short
2015 - ICARUS, short film, editor
2014 - 99 HOMES, assistant editor
2012 - AT ANY PRICE, assistant editor
2010 - STILL HERE, short

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Alex Camilleri

Written by: Alex Camilleri

Produced by: Rebecca Anastasi, Ramin Bahrani, Oliver Mallia

Cinematography: Léo Lefèvre

Editing: Alex Camilleri

Production Design: Jon Banthorpe

Costume Design: Martina Zammit Maempel

Make-Up & Hair: Thea Calleja

Original Score: Jon Natchez

Sound: Ryan Billia

Casting: Edward Said

Main Cast: Jesmark Scicluna (Jesmark), Michela Farrugia (Denise), David Scicluna (David)

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2021