Woman at War wins the 2018 LUX Film Prize

It has been announced today in Strasbourg that Woman at War, the environmentally-minded comedy-drama from Iceland's Benedikt Erlingsson has been voted the winner of the LUX Prize by Members of the European Parliament. 

The Icelandic/French/Ukrainian co-production follows a mysterious eco-warrior waging a one-woman crusade against the local aluminium industry, and addresses the ease with which environmental activists become enemies of the state. In doing so, it fulfils the LUX Prize's criteria for selected films to raise awareness about the key social and political issues at the forefront of the European agenda. 

Erlingsson's second feature, which premiered in the Semaine de la Critique of this year's Cannes, beat out fellow competitors Styx by Wolfgang Fischer and The Other Side of Everything by Mila Turajlic to claim the prize. Members of the European Parliament had until yesterday to cast their votes, and it's reported as being the tightest competition in the LUX Prize's history. 

European Parliament president Antonio Tajani, who hosted the award ceremony, said, “The LUX Prize has this year offered us a competition that was indeed extraordinary in terms of originality and topicality. The finalist films are very diverse regarding their genres and topics, but they all have something in common: the lead characters are women who are resolute, determined, strong and, overall, in pole position when it comes to changing the order of things.” 

The award was collected by the film’s director, Reykjavik-born Benedikt Erlingsson, who stated, “I feel very honoured to be here in the temple of the power of the legislation. I feel like a politician, and I think politicians are also storytellers. In fact, you are also very brave, because you are taking on the real challenges of fighting against climate change. Climate change will be the focus of all politics in the future”.

Woman at War received Creative Europe funding through the Sales Agents scheme and its release in Denmark was supported through the Automatic Distribution scheme. 

Read more about the winning film and the LUX Prize on the official website