1984, Malta is in the middle of a political crisis from years of corruption and a protracted fight between the socialist government and the catholic church. Richard Sammut Petri, a young father, is inducted into a shady organisation by his friend Roger Tabone and convinced to assassinate the Prime Minister of Malta.
2012, Noel Sammut Petri returns to Malta for his mother’s funeral, still haunted by the memories of his father Richard, who abandoned his family back in 1984. Slowly, Noel is pulled in by the old family friend Roger and his family, but the closer he gets, the more history starts to haunt his life and he becomes destined to fall in the same pit of snakes that took down his father.
In late November 2019, Shadeena Entertainment was awarded a grant by the Malta National Book Council, a landmark award for the adaptation of a Maltese novel into a feature film.
Winner of the National Book Prize and originally written by Alex Vella Gera, the novel is an exploration of the repercussions of the violence that overtook Malta in the 70s and 80s, an unexamined period of Maltese history that still echoes in today's political and social life.
The film is being adapted for the screen by Teodor Reljić, and produced and directed by Martin Bonniċi.
With some of Malta's best talent on and off the screen, the film is slated for a summer 2020 production with a summer 2021 release.