Cold Case Hammarskjöld, God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya and The Realm to vie for the LUX Prize
by David González
- The three finalists will travel the continent, before the award is given out at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 27 November
Today, at the Giornate degli Autori press conference, after a streamed welcome message by the newly elected President of the European Parliament, David Maria Sassoli, the three films in competition for the 2019 LUX Prize were unveiled.
Chosen from the ten-title Official Selection (read news), the finalists are Cold Case Hammarskjöld [+see also:
interview: Mads Brügger
film profile] by Mads Brügger (Denmark/Norway/Sweden/Belgium), God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya [+see also:
interview: Teona Strugar Mitevska
film profile] by Teona Strugar Mitevska (North Macedonia/Belgium/Slovenia/Croatia/France) and The Realm [+see also:
interview: Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Isabel P…
film profile] by Rodrigo Sorogoyen (Spain/France).
A wide range of film styles is visible in these three finalists, which include a documentary (marking the third time in LUX Prize history that a documentary has featured among the three finalists), a social drama with touches of comedy, and a political thriller. Thus, both genre and gender are well-placed in the selection, as the work of a female director is once again featured, in the shape of a film tackling the necessary and topical discussion about the presence of women in the social, political and religious spheres.
Furthermore, the three films have already been in the spotlight at international film festivals. Cold Case Hammarskjöld world-premiered at Sundance, where it received the World Cinema Documentary Competition Directing Award, God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya world-premiered in competition at the Berlinale, where it picked up the Ecumenical Jury Prize, and The Realm world-premiered at Toronto and played in competition at San Sebastián, before going on to win seven Spanish Goyas.
For the eighth year, these films will be the main core of the LUX Film Days in the autumn, for which they will be subtitled into the 24 official languages of the European Union and screened in more than 50 cities and festivals across all 28 EU countries, once again taking advantage of the cooperation between the European Parliament Liaison Offices and the Creative Europe MEDIA Desks to strengthen visibility and increase accessibility. Three simultaneous screenings with webstreamed live debates with the directors will be organised in partnership with Creative Europe.
Lastly, the newly elected members of the European Parliament will be invited to vote for one of the three films in competition. The winner will be announced on 27 November at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, in the presence of the directors. The winning title will be further adapted for those with visual and hearing impairments, and will also receive promotional support during its international release.
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