First European Cinema Art Day: Short Film Programme

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First European Cinema Art Day: Short Film Programme

9 October 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

€6 – €7

Date and time: Sunday 9 October, 5.00PM
Venue: Cinema (St James Cavalier)



On the mystical cliff-tops of Malta, three men, linked by one woman, struggle to come to terms with their hand in her death and their loss. Her son of her love; her husband of her strength; and her father of her faith. As they pursue their separate obsessions in isolation that almost drives them apart, only the extraordinary magical sense between the grandfather and his grandson provides any way for them to remain connected, and seconds before the family is destroyed forever, extraordinary powers beyond their understanding, teach them how to forgive, survive and find hope without her.

Filmed with one camera on location and combining anamorphic cinematography with digital technology; diegetic folk songs with an original soundtrack and magical realism with cultural specificity, this hard-hitting short film transcends its humble subjects and modest beginnings with utter commitment and imagination.

Flutter is as much inspired by the cultural and physical characteristics of Malta and its breadth of practical resources as a filming location, as the work of Leone, Zvyagintsev and Innaritu it draws upon. This project employs international resources to tell a universal story, with intensely powerful, emotional results.

Duration: 20 mins
Cert: All ages
Language: English

Main Creative: Elliot Cowan (auteur, producer), Matthew Pullicino & David Serge (Executive producers),  Maryfarbrother (Director of Photography), Francis Ghersci (writer), Justin Camilleri (editing), Aleah Morrison & Matthew Wilcock (music)
With the participation of: Jimi Busuttil, Marc Cabourdin, Audrey Harrison, Andrew Mallia

Produced with the support of the Malta Film Fund.



Bews il-Baħar is a short fantasy film about a fisherman and his father who meet two strange, solitary girls whilst mooring on a desolate island during a storm. The film is set along the coast of Malta within a realistic setting grounded by the roots of Maltese culture, folklore and heritage. The film captures the beauty of the island’s sea and coastline and is based on local sea legends and mythology.

Duration: 7 mins
Cert: 12+
Language: Maltese (with English subtitles)

Main Creative: Nicole Cuschieri (director, co-writer and producer), Chris Galea (co-writer, screenplay), Martin Bonnici (DoP and editing), Aleks Bundalo and Yasmin Kuymizakis (sound design), Mario Sammut (soundtrack), Maria Muscat (costumes), Karen Schembri Grima (make-up), Matthew Micallef (set design)
With the participation of: Chris Galea (Mikiel), Pierre Stafrace (Mikiel’s father), Kathleen Parsons (Sirena), Tia Reljic (Hadra)

Produced with the support of the Malta Film Fund.



Iben baħri jgħix taħt il-ħakma t’ommu, ta’ zijuh, u tal-port li minnu ma jistax jaħrab.  Għalkemm mixrub minn kull ħeġġa, x-xewka tal-kuxjenza tiġbed lilu u lil ta’ madwaru, fi sqaq li ma jinfidx.  Film li jħabbat b’qalb imsewsa minn tmermir umduż, imnebbaħ kemm mill-istorja traġika ta’ Hamlet ta’ Shakespeare kif ukoll mill-ambjent tal-Belt Valletta.

Duration: 15 min
Cert: PG
Language: Malti (b’sottotitli bl-Ingliż)
Main Creative: Kenneth Scicluna (auteur), Neville Bone (produttur), Roderick Muscat Monsigneur and Malta Film Fund (produtturi eżekuttivi), David Pisani (DoP), Neville Attard (editjar), Ruben Zahra (mużika), Andrew Christie (awdjo)
With the participation of: Sean Decelis (it-tifel), Polly March (il-mara), Ilaria Falzon (it-tifla), Manuel Cachia (il-passiġġier), Chris Micallef (il-baħri) Marvic Xerri, Julian Debattista,  Mary Grech, Rina Camilleri, Jasmin Tenninger, Sean Christie, Jamie Fenech Williamson, Diana Bailey, Rita Borg, Dale Camilleri, Michael Camilleri, Melissa Cauchi, Charles Gauci, Rowen Muscat, Angela Persiano, Edwin Schembri

Produced with the support of the Malta Film Fund.



In a time when Malta’s political violence was at its peak, Carmelo, 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.

Duration: 20 min
Cert: 16+
Language: Maltese (with English subtitles)
Main Creative: Arev Manoukian (auteur), Joshua Cassar Gaspar (story and production), Monika Maslowska (writing), Carlo Trulli (executive producer), Samuel Bisson (music), Matthew Taylor (cinematography), Will Cry (film editing)

With the participation of: Malcolm Ellul (Carmelo), Martin Farrugia (Mario), Nico Fenech (Giuseppe), Jimi Busuttil, Elliot Cowan, Elektra Anastasi, Peter Galea, Salvu Mallia, Polly March, Keith Richard, Nicovich Sammut

Produced with the support of the Malta Film Fund.



9 October 2016
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
€6 – €7
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Spazju Kreattiv Cinema
St James Cavalier, Castille Place
Valletta, Malta
+356 2122 3200


Spazju Kreattiv