The title of Alex Camilleri's feature debut refers to the traditional wooden boats used by Maltese fishermen for fishing along the coast. Jesmark is one of those fishermen, carrying on the family tradition. The rapid, industrial-scale development of this kind of work, as well as restrictive regulations and the progressive degradation of the ecosystem, make it difficult for people like Jesmark to support their families — particularly when it turns out that his newborn son requires expensive medical treatment. Shady dealings with the people who control the local black market seem to be the desperate man’s only hope. The stakes are high because, in spite of his values and personal pride, the health of his child is on the line. Camilleri, who’s very familiar with this world, tries to avoid simple dichotomies: nothing is black and white, and even simple choices can mushroom into serious moral dilemmas. This is also a story about the harsh reality of tradition being pushed out by aggressive capitalism, which in turn makes living according to personal ideals increasingly difficult. Alex Camilleri's film was Malta’s official entry for the Academy Awards®.
Filip Sertic, Jesmark Scicluna, Frida Cauchi, Michela Farrugia, Julian Ferro