The film “War Sailor”, produced in Malta, selected for the prestigious Toronto festival


A film co-produced by a Maltese studio has been selected for screening at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Founded in 1976, the festival, unofficially stylized as a tiff, is one of the most high-profile film events of the season, with its audience award becoming an indicator of success in the season that follows.

sailor of war is a period drama about a Norwegian sailor who gets caught at sea as submarines begin to dominate sea warfare during World War II.

The War Sailor poster.

Written and directed by Gunnar Vikene, the film was partly produced by Maltese studio Falkun Films and partly shot in Malta.

Producers Anika Psaila Savona and Pierre Ellul said the film showed that co-productions were the way to take Maltese films to new heights.

They called on the Malta Film Commission to rebuild the way financial incentives are offered to the film industry so that Maltese filmmakers can find better opportunities to see their own film on screen in collaboration with overseas producers.

The selection of the film at an international festival is not the only thing about sailor of war which caused a stir in Malta.

A propeller-driven submarine used in the film caused a brief moment of panic after it was spotted in Grand Harbor last year, with concerned onlookers seeking to reassure the Armed Forces of Malta that the country was not not secretly invaded.

sailor of war tells the story of Alfred, a merchant sailor working in the Atlantic Ocean at the start of World War II.

As he struggles to survive in the waters under threat of a German U-boat attack, his wife, Cecilia, is alone in Bergen as British planes descend to attack a German U-boat bunker.

The film premiered at the Haugesund Film Festival in Norway this weekend.

The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 8-18.

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