Simshar (film)

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Simshar poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byRebecca Cremona
Written byDavid Grech
Rebecca Cremona
StarringLotfi Abdelli
Edited byDaniel Lapira
Release date
  • 27 April 2014 (2014-04-27)
Running time
101 minutes

Simshar is a 2014 Maltese drama film directed by Rebecca Cremona.[1] It was selected as the Maltese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards, but was not nominated.[2][3] It was the first time that Malta submitted a film for the Best Foreign Language Oscar.[4] The film tells the story of the Simshar tragedy.[5]

During 2015 and 2016, Simshar entered the global festival circuit, collecting several awards including the Special Achievement Award[6] at the International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg and Best International Feature at Edmonton International Film Festival. In 2015 Gravitas Ventures (US) obtained the worldwide distribution rights[7] for the film including for VOD platforms.


  • Lotfi Abdelli as Simon
  • Jimi Busuttil as Karmenu
  • Sékouba Doucouré as Moussa
  • Chrysander Agius as John
  • Adrian Farrugia as Theo
  • Clare Agius as Sharin
  • Mark Mifsud as Alex

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Maltese film Simshar accepted for Oscar consideration". Times of Malta. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  2. ^ "83 Countries In Competition For 2014 Foreign Language Film Oscar". AMPAS. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Oscar Attracts Best Foreign Language Film Submissions From a Record 83 Countries". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Simshar vies for Oscar foreign language film nominations". Malta Today. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  5. ^ Jean Pierre Borg; Charlie Cauchi (2015). World Film Locations: Malta. Intellect Books. p. 74. ISBN 9781783204984.
  6. ^ "Grand Newcomer Award 2015". Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  7. ^ Gray, Tim (21 October 2015). "Gravitas to Distribute 'Simshar,' Feature from Malta". Retrieved 7 October 2016.

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