Count of Monte Cristo premiers at Malta’s Mediterrane Film Festival

Malta’s Mediterrane Film Festival has welcomed the international film community and local cinema lovers to its second edition —  which runs until June 30 – in the country’s capital,  Valetta.

The Count of Monte Cristo – which was partly shot in Malta and features in the festival’s Out of Competition selection – had its international premiere in the heart of the capital, St George’s Square, kicking off the second edition with an introduction from the festival’s Artistic Director, Teresa Cavina.

Additionally, an Opening Night party was held at the historic Mdina Ditch Gardens – during which the Malta Film Commissioner, Johann Grech, welcomed the international film industry, with him addressing delegates and outlining the festival’s vision and ambitions under this year’s theme of ‘Unity Through Film’ – as well as recognizing the country’s rich history and current commitment to building a world-class film industry.

The Count of Monte Cristo is directed by Alexandre de La Patellière and Matthieu Delaporte. It was shot in key locations across Malta, including Birgu Waterfront and Marsa Wharf. Local Maltese talent who worked across the film’s production – including the producers Pierre Ellul and Anika Psaila Savona, along with many of the crew – attended the screening.

Teresa Cavina, Artistic Director of Mediterrane Film Festival, said: “It is immensely special to open the festival with the international premiere of the critically acclaimed The Count of Monte Cristo – a completely fresh interpretation of Alexandre Dumas’ timeless epic from directors Alexandre de la Patellière and Matthieu Delaporte, which showcases the unparalleled beauty and history of Malta. Fresh from the film’s debut in Cannes, we were delighted to celebrate so many of the makers behind this project at our screening – creating a film on any scale takes a village and opening night truly embodied the theme of our festival: Unity Through Film.”

Johann Grech, Malta Film Commissioner, added: “The Mediterrane Film Festival shows the world just how much Malta has to offer and what a world class film industry we are building together. This week there will be 45 films to enjoy, from 35 countries across five continents, kicking off tonight with a screening of The Count of Monte Cristo, shot here in Malta last year, employing around two hundred local crew and showing the positive impact film has on our island’s economy – inspiring young Maltese talent to see just what an exciting and sustainable career film can offer. Let us stand united – beyond all borders – in sharing stories of our shared humanity in the way that only film can. Let us stand truly united through film.”

The Mediterrane Film Festival program will present 15 films in its Competition, seven Out of Competition film, seven films competing in its environment-themed Mare Nostrum section, topped up by 14 immersive projects selected by interactive story architect Michel Reilhac.

Additionally, a series of panels and masterclasses featuring industry experts from around the world will be held – covering topics ranging from globalization in the entertainment industry, film circulation and co-production among Mediterranean countries and beyond, emerging storytelling trends, immersive technologies and the animation landscape, to career-specific discussions hosted by acclaimed experts in their respective fields and crafts.

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