Malta – Joseph Paolella, Eden Cinemas (St Julian’s)

Cinema for me is…

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Joseph in 23 Frames

1. Describe yourself in ten words.
Loyal, humble, big, filmmaker, ambitious, dreamer, hungry, creative, inventive.

2. Your best quality? Your worst habit?
My best quality is my punctuality, my worst habit is drinking too many soft drinks.

3. Your dream job?
Film director.

4. What do you like most about your country?
Everything is very close by, you never have to drive for more than 20 minutes to get anywhere.

5. Your favorite dish in your country?
Timpana. It’s a meat sauce-based pasta baked with puff pastry on top.

6. Which word or phrase in your native language do you like the most and what does it mean?
“Mela”. It can basically be used for anything, for example: “Are you going to the beach today? Mela!”

7. What European capital have you visited lately?

8. Other than your own, which European country would you love to live in?

9. What does Europe mean to you? 3 values.
Unity, strength, organization.

10. What film made you fall in love with cinema?
Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982, US).

11. Your favorite film theatre? What do you like about it?
Eden Cinemas is my favorite cinema theatre in Malta. Its bigger screening room is Cinema 16 and it can’t be matched for its sound and picture quality by any other cinema on the island.

12. Who is your movie hero?
Paul Thomas Anderson.

13. Which movie director would you like to be?
Martin Scorsese.

14. Briefly describe your favorite scene.
The scene where Roy Batty dies at the end of Blade Runner. To me it is the most human portrayal of a machine wishing to just live.

15. What are the 3 best European films you have seen in the last year?
This Is England (Shane Meadows, 2016, GB)
Calvary (John Michael McDonagh, 2014, GB)
The Square (Ruben Östlund, 2017, SE).

16. Which film character do you most identify with?
Max Fischer from Rushmore (Wes Anderson, 1998, US).

17. Your favorite soundtrack or song?
Favourite soundtrack is from The Last of Us by Gustavo Santaolalla. Favourite song is White Blank Page by Mumford & Sons.

18. If you had to live in a movie, which one would you like it to be?
I’ve always dreamt of being a Blade Runner.

19. Your life becomes a bio-pic. Who plays the role of you?
Jonah Hill.

20. Which talent would you most like to have?
I’d love to be able to play the piano.

21. What is your most treasured possession?
My camera.

22. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Honestly, being chosen for 28 Times Cinema.

23. What is your motto?
Stay weird.

Joseph Paolella is the Ambassador of Eden Cinemas. Find out more about the Cinema here.