Aspecial premiere will take place on 22 February, followed by a Q&A session with director Winston Azzopardi and actor Joe Azzopardi.

“THE BOAT is a simple tale told exquisitely and with a confidence that is something to behold.” (Freddy Beans,

“Joe Azzopardi commands attention from the off.” (Nikki Baughan,

“A must-see fight for survival against extraordinary odds … THE BOAT is a work of pure mastery as it blends a tale of survival at sea with a growing sense of dread and mystery, and the resulting experience is a taut and thrilling adventure into the unknown. It ranks easily among the year’s best horror films, best adventure films, and best films period. Welcome aboard indeed.” (Rob Hunter,

These are just a handful of the accolades earned by Latina Pictures’ feature film, THE BOAT, during its US festival run last September. Written, produced and directed by Winston Azzopardi, and co-produced and starring his son Joe Azzopardi, THE BOAT was recently nominated for three awards at the UK’s National Film Awards 2019, namely: Joe Azzopardi (Best Actor), THE BOAT (Best Screenplay), and Winston Azzopardi (Best Director).

The film is finally set to be released in Malta in an exclusive run with a red-carpet premiere on Friday 22 February at Eden Cinemas. Tickets are now on sale for the premiere. The film will then be released on 27 February. 

THE BOAT charts the terror-filled adventures of a fisherman who sets out on his boat for an idyllic day at sea only to sail into an abject nightmare when crashing into a yacht. He boards the vessel to discover it is deserted… only to realise his own boat has vanished. Adrift, alone, and abandoned, he has to rely entirely on his wits to survive.

Based on the Azzopardis’ award-winning short film Head, THE BOAT successfully delivers 90 minutes of nail-biting tension; skilfully blending together all the ingredients necessary for a first-rate psychological thriller as the intrepid protagonist battles an unseen antagonist for survival against the backdrop of the seemingly benign but possibly treacherous Mediterranean Sea.

The premiere event on Friday 22 February is open to the general public, followed by a Q&A with Winston Azzopardi and Joe Azzopardi, moderated by Jo Caruana, immediately after the screening. Premiere tickets are at €10. For further information please visit Eden Cinemas.