2019 LUX Film Prize shortlist announced

The official selection for the European Parliament's 2019 LUX Prize has been announced, with Creative Europe-supported drama God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya - Teona Strugar Mitevska’s “vivid feminist satire” - selected to compete. Creative Europe supported the project through the Single Project Development scheme.

Having had its world-premiere in competition at the Berlinale, where it picked up the Ecumenical Jury Prize, the film joins a further two in the shortlist for the Prize, which is designed to raise awareness about some of today’s main social and political issues and, as a result, construct a stronger European identity.

The further two films are:

  • Cold Case Hammarskjöld directed by Mads Brügger (Denmark/Norway/Sweden/Belgium); an intense documentary thriller that explores the supposed 1961 assassination of The Secretary of The United Nations.
  • The Realm directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen (Spain/France); a fast-paced thriller which follows a crooked Spanish politician whose lavish lifestyle - made possible through nefarious kickbacks and bribes - threatens to bring down his entire party.

The LUX Prize has become an indicator of quality in backing European cinema. Its winning films have become hits within the EU and beyond, helping to enhance the circulation of European films, to promote the diversity of European cinema and to spark discussion about major societal issues raised in the films selected. Previous winners include Toni Erdmann, Mustang and Ida. Last year, the Prize was won by Woman at War.

The three selected films will become the core of the 2019 LUX Film Days with each film subtitled into the 24 official EU languages. The films will be screened to the public at cinemas and festivals across 28 EU countries from October to December. The European Parliament will vote on the winner of the LUX Prize in November.

Find out more about the films on the LUX Prize website