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THE MALTESE FIGHTER SCREENED AT LOUISIANA FILM FESTIVAL

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By The Swag Team   -  May 18, 2015



The Maltese Fighter, a short film in Maltese produced by MaltaFilm, a local production company and Spy Films (Toronto) was selected to form part of the Louisiana Film Festival 2015 in early May.

 

The film is a fictional story based on a father-son relationship caught in the political violence and social unrest of 1970s Malta. Protagonist, Carmelo (Malcolm Ellul), a struggling single father and boxer from Valletta, is forced to join a corrupt underworld as he tries to provide for his only son Giuseppi. 

Months of hard work and preparation culminated in shooting the film across the island, using Valletta as the backdrop, giving a distinctly Maltese texture to the story. The film is supported by the Malta Film Fund, Movie People Malta and River Dream.

 

The film is directed by up-and-coming and noted Canadian director Arev Manoukian, and produced by Joshua Cassar Gaspar and Carlo Trulli. The screenplay is written by Monika Maslowska, while the Director of Photography is a Maltese London-based cinematographer, Matthew Emvin Taylor.

 

The story attracted production giants, Spy Films, who co-produced it and are best known for producing Neil Blomkamp’s first film Alive in Joburg, which was later developed into box office hit District 9 by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson.

 

The 2015 Louisiana International Film Festival took place in Baton Rouge from May 7 to May 10. The 2015 festival program included world premieres and acclaimed films that have toured the global festival circuit.

 

The Cut, a film directed by Faith Akin that was partly shot in Malta also formed part of the Official Selection of the 2015 LIFF. The Maltese Fighter was screened as part of the International Short Film Section on Sunday May 10 at Cinemark on Perkins Rowe in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.

 

A total of 42 feature films and 23 short films formed part of the Official Selection for the 2015 LIFF program. This year's line-up was especially strong. Highlights include Manglehorn, a romantic comedy starring Al Pacino and Holly Hunter and directed by Texas-based filmmaker David Gordon Green (Joe); Jean-Luc Godard's Goodbye to Language, in which the legendary 85-year-old French New Wave filmmaker re-imagines use of the 3D format with an experimental narrative essay; and Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's Me & Earl & the Dying Girl, which earned a standing ovation at this year's Sundance Film Festival before winning the Grand Jury Prize. LIFF opened with the gala premiere of Paul Feig's raucous Melissa McCarthy comedy "Spy" on May 7. The festival also hosted the American premiere of director Bernard Rose's ("Candyman") "Frankenstein," starring Xavier Samuel as the titular Mary Shelley monster roaming current day Los Angeles, on May 9. 


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