This year’s edition of Poetry on Film sees Clare Azzopardi and Ken Scicluna working on a poetry film which presents Achille Mizzi’s work “Kafè”, while Abigail Mallia and Carlos Debattista are producing a poetry film of Oliver Friggieri’s work “Il-Lejl f’Dan l-Istazzjon”.
The finished works will be screened during the annual Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival, which will take place between the 23rd and 25th of August 2018 at Fort Manoel, Manoel Island, Gżira.
In last year’sedition, two poetry films were screened during the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival which was held between the 24th-26th August. The first film is an adaptation of the poem “Relazzjoni” by Maria Grech Ganado, by Nicky Aquilina and Lyanne Mifsud. The second film was screened on Friday 25th August, and is a poetry film of Victor Fenech’s work “Fuq Għoljiet Dingli” by artist and academic Trevor Borg. Both these films were introduced by film director and lecturer Kenneth Scicluna.
Two years ago, two poetry films were produced following a call for proposals for the Poetry on Film project. These being Meta Tiġi MariRos, produced by Shadeena Films and based on the poem of the same name by Lilian Sciberras, and and L.O.M.L. by Gilbert Calleja and Matthew Attard, based on Raymond Mahoney’s poem Tibqa’ Int.
Three years ago, local director Edward Said offered a film reinterpretation of Mario Azzopardi’s poem Ried Ikun Jaf. This film features local actors Stephen Grech and Philip Mizzi.
Four years ago, local filmmaker Kenneth Scicluna worked on a short film inspired from Doreen Micallef’s poems Eleġijia and Dedika.
Local actors Erica Muscat, Sharon Bezzina and André Penza tell the story of human relationships, dealing with themes of love, trust and creation. Two women are held together by the emotional distance between them. Faced by the question of creating a new life, their relationship hangs in the balance.
It was screened at the National Book Festival taking place at the Mediterranean Conference Centre between the 12th and the 16th November 2014.