Maltese film ‘Carmen’ wins award at Female Eye Film Festival

Maltese feature ‘Carmen’ continued to attract interest from international viewers, winning ‘Best of Show’ at this year’s Female Eye Film Festival in Canada.

The film was screened on the opening night of the festival and its director and screenwriter, Valerie Buhagiar, received an honorary achievement award and a tribute.

Inspired by real events and set in a Maltese village, “Carmen” tells the story of a woman who brings color to the lives of villagers and seeks to find her own voice.

Played by famous British actress Natasha McElhone, Carmen has cared for her brother, the local church priest since the age of 16. Now almost 50 years old, she is suddenly abandoned to start a new life.

Film Festival.” alt=”Producer Coral Aiken (left), director Valerie Buhagiar (middle) and producer Anika Psaila Savona (right) celebrate the film award at the Female Eye Film Festival.”/>Producer Coral Aiken (left), director Valerie Buhagiar (middle) and producer Anika Psaila Savona (right) celebrate the film award at the Female Eye Film Festival.

In April, the film wowed the jury at the Canadian Film Fest and won the prize for best feature film.

The film is produced by Pierre Ellul, Anika Psaila Savona and Coral Aiken.

“I was really moved” – producer on winning award

The Female Eye Film Festival (FeFF) is North America’s only competitive international female director’s film festival and showcases high-caliber short and feature films shot through the female eye. The festival took place June 9-12 in Toronto. She just celebrated her 20th birthday.

Psaila Savona said that the prize for “best show” is given to the film which, according to the juries, is the best.

“I must say that I was really moved. It is wonderful that our film is celebrated and recognized by our peers,” said Psaila Savona. Malta weather.

“This festival, in particular, focuses on the work of female directors and the spirit of collaboration was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before,” she said.

A poster of "Carmen".  Photo: Carmen/FacebookA poster of “Carmen”. Photo: Carmen/Facebook

This is Buhagiar’s third feature film as a director. She first gained international recognition playing lead roles in Bruce McDonald’s “Highway 61” and “Roadkill.”

The cast also includes Steven Love and Michaela Farrugia.

The film is due to be released in Malta later this year.

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Darcy J. Skinner