Midnight Express director returning for Valletta Film Festival

Sir Alan Parker, the director of Midnight Express is to return to Malta for a special screening of the 1978 classic to be held at Fort St. Elmo, where parts of the film were shot.

The British director whose filmography includes Mississippi Burning, Evita, Fame, Pink Floyd the Wall and The Life of David Gale will be in Malta on Saturday 4 June 2016. Prior to the screening, Sir Alan will be talking about the making of this film, his career as a filmmaker and cinema.

‘Midnight Express’ tells the true story of Billy Hayes, an American college student who is caught smuggling drugs out of Turkey and thrown into prison.

This event is being held to celebrate the links that the city of Valletta has with cinema.

In fact, as far as cinemas are concerned, Valletta can proudly claim its status as one of the foremost pioneers since the first cinema in the city opened only thirteen months after the exhibition of the first film in Paris in December 1895.

For almost a century, Valletta has appeared in many audiovisual productions and it keeps lending itself to renowned directors that choose its diversity to actuate their dreams.

Films such as World War Z, Munich, Agora and the upcoming Assassins Creed and The Promise have all used Valletta as their backdrop.

Midnight Express was the first film to be filmed in the Capital City that went on to gain international acclaim by winning two Oscars in 1979 for screenplay (by Oliver Stone) and score.

Tickets for the talk with Sir Alan Parker and screening of Midnight Express will go on sale on Tuesday 3 May 2016.

You can buy a festival pass that grants access to this event and screening here.

 

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