20,000 Reasons, a romantic comedy feature film with Malta as its backdrop, will soon be released by KRS in all local cinemas on the 10th February. This production is the result of a training programme delivered by Film London and initiated by the Malta Film Commission with the support of ESF Funds.
Penned by Malcolm Galea and directed by Jameson Cucciardi, the film tells the story of two Maltese families who do not quite see eye to eye. Sophie Bellizzi is a no-nonsense and hard working perfectionist who is obsessed with getting her company off the ground, but has a strained relationship with her sister Juliana and her grandmother, who is intent on seeing the girls married off in order to protect the family’s wealth. When Sophie dumps her cheating boyfriend, she is faced with the prospect of her grandmother passing on her share of the inheritance to her sister, unless she marries before her 30th birthday, which is in 3 months’ time.
The film stars Maria Pia Meli, Aldo Zammit, Stefan Cherriet Busuttil, Taryn Mamo Cefai, MaryLu Coppini, Anthony Ellul, Nanette Brimmer, Chris Dingli and Naomi Said.
20,000 Reasons was selected and awarded €200,000 as a production budget in order to create a feature film whilst providing a hands-on training and experience environment for participants. The production had to include at least 36 local trainees in various film crew positions, a local cast and a team of local and foreign expert mentors. The production was pleased to have Tristan Goligher on board in the latter capacity, who is the producer of 45 Years, which has just been Oscar nominated for Best Actress.
The training initiative provided an exciting journey for the team which took a year to complete and involved five weeks of filming on location.