The Malta Independent 27 September 2023, Wednesday
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Carmen’s charms set to captivate local cinemagoers

Sunday, 25 September 2022, 09:35 Last update: about 13 months ago

The Malta-produced and -set movie will premiere locally following a successful and award-winning run at numerous international festivals.

Falkun Films and Aiken Heart Films' Carmen lands in local cinemas this week, hot on the heels of a series of successful appearances on the international festival circuit. This includes the film's award-winning participation at the Canadian Film Fest, where it won the award for Best Feature.

It was first released in Gozo on 21 September at the Citadel Cinema. The Maltese premiere will follow on 30 September at Eden Cinemas, with a release scheduled for Wednesday, 5 October, also at Eden.

Maltese Producers Pierre Ellul and Anika Psaila Savona (Falkun Films) taken on wrap of filming 

Carmen is a charming tale inspired by true events. The story is set in a village in Malta, where Carmen (played by Natascha McElhone - The Truman Show; Designated Survivor) has looked after her brother, the priest at the local church, since she was 16 years old. Now almost 50, she is suddenly alone to start a new life. Facing her past, Carmen brings colour to the villagers in this compelling story about a woman finding her voice.

Valerie Buhagiar: Director and writer of Carmen

"Carmen is the sexual, spiritual and necessary awakening of a woman who has so much to say; she can ring the bells of Malta with one sigh," says the film's Maltese-Canadian director Valerie Buhagiar. "Many women like her have had their voices squashed and their spirits dampened. This film is for all the women who've suffered this tradition at the hands of the patriarchy."

The film was shot entirely in Malta and Gozo, with Maltese actors Michela Farrugia, Peter Galea and Pauline Fenech starring alongside McElhone. The extensive ensemble also includes Henry Zammit Cordina, Paul Portelli, Rachel Fabri, Mikhail Basmadjian, Paul Cilia, Andre Agius and Chakib Zidi in supporting roles.

"It's been a very long journey, but we're thrilled to finally be able to share this with all the wonderful cast and crew who helped make this film," say Falkun Films' Pierre Ellul and Anika Psaila Savona. "Long since the wrap party, it's been non-stop work to get the film released to the public.

"We really hope that Maltese and Gozitan audiences will love Carmen as much as it was loved in Canada. It feels like we are letting our baby go out into the world, yet she is coming home at the same time - so it's a bit daunting but really exciting!"

Carmen will be screened at the Citadel cinema in Gozo from 21 September.

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