2017, Abigail Mallia, Malta, 97 min.
Portelli Paul, Paul Cilia
- Fri, Mar 29th 4:00pm
- Thu, Apr 4th 8:15pm
Inspired by real events, but a thoroughly loony departure from reality, this crazed comedy unfolds the campaign for Malta’s prime minister of deluded 55-year-old Karist (Paul). Director Mallia mounts a bizarre cavalcade of rallies in which balloons and banners fly, and an enormous American flag flutters provocatively behind the amateur candidate: bald, heavily bearded, appearing more like a grizzled old prospector than a cowboy, as he declares his alliance with the U.S. The crowd roars, but in derision at this strange standup act, and Karist’s uptight son John plots to have him committed to an asylum. Three generations of back-story unfold, starting with the seeming murder of Karist’s legendarily eccentric father. In Maltese and English with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. Courtesy of Take 2. (BS)