fbpx Simshar | Gene Siskel Film Center
European Union Film Festival


2014, Rebecca Cremona, Malta, 101 min. With Lotfi Abdelli, Jimi Busuttil.

Show Times

  • Wed, Mar 9th 8:00pm
  • Mon, Mar 14th 6:00pm

"A beautifully-shot dark drama…with a gut-wrenching twist." — Steve Pond, The Wrap

A real-life tragedy involving the shipwreck of a family fishing boat became the impetus for this drama set against the background of a refugee crisis. Director Cremona portrays the dimensions of the human rights dilemma as scores of African migrants adrift in the Mediterranean between Italy and Malta are refused entry to either nation. The lives of a doctor reluctantly drawn into aid work, a fisherman and his little boy, and a Malian immigrant laborer intersect fatefully. SIMSHAR was Malta’s first-ever submission for Academy Awards consideration in 2015. In Maltese and English with English subtitles. Courtesy of Kukumajsa Productions. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

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