Short films from Malta shown in Berlin

Short films from Malta shown in Berlin

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Nov 27, 2017
The Embassy of Malta in Berlin organised an evening of short films by Maltese film makers Martin Bonnici and Kenneth Scicluna at the Eiszeit Cinema, a well-known independent theatre house in the heart of the district of Kreuzberg in the German capital.

Martin Bonnici’s rather melancholic film Sħab deals with the fate an elderly widower after the death of the person with whom he had shared, happily, most of his life. Bonnici’s second film, Laqgħa ma' Mara Morbi, is based on Immanuel Mifsud’s story with the same title;  the producer takes the audience on a journey through the mind of a forty-year-old man reflecting on his life during the early hours of a particular day.

In Kenneth Scicluna’s film Daqqet ix-Xita, a black and white ode to Valletta, a young man, torn between his natural ineptitude and the need to break away from the clutches of his bleak environment, keeps rowing a boat across the harbour against the background of the city where he does not seem to arrive.  Scicluna’s second film, Elegija, based on a poem by Doreen Micallef, portrays the intimate and fragile relationship between two women.

Following the screening of the four films, the two filmmakers discussed their work with moderator Anna Henckel Donnersmarck, a member of the jury of the Berlinale short films section.  They explained what inspired them to produce the films, the challenges they faced and how the general situation of film makers in Malta has developed in the past years. A discussion followed during which numerous comments were made by members of the audience which included several film experts.

This event, which was made possible with the assistance of the Cultural Diplomacy Fund of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion of Malta, received wide publicity through the popular daily newsletter ‘Checkpoint’, which is distributed with the daily Tagesspiegel newspaper of Berlin.

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Picture shows the two Maltese film makers Kenneth Scicluna and Martin Bonnici