Ray & Liz competes for the LUX Prize

The official selection for the European Parliament's 2019 LUX Prize has been announced at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, with Creative Europe-supported British drama Ray & Liz selected to compete. 

The debut feature from Turner Prize-nominated artist Richard Billingham explores his family's descent into poverty throughout the 1980s and its debilitating effect on his parents' relationship. The film received support through MEDIA's Automatic Distribution scheme.

After its nomination for Outstanding Debut at the 2019 BAFTAs and winning the Douglas Hickox Award (for Debut Director) at the British Independent Film Awards, the film joins a further two Creative Europe-supported titles  in the list of ten films selected:

This year's selection includes two documentaries, four women-directed features and five European co-productions. 

From the 10 films recognised in the Official Selection, three will go on to be shortlisted in the LUX Prize Competition, which will be announced at the Giornate degli Autori press conference in Rome on 23 July. 

Running since 2007, the LUX Prize casts a spotlight on films that tackle topical social, political, economic and environmental issues and which are deemed to bolster our sense of a European identity. In order to support the European film industry and aid the circulation of significant European (co-)productions beyond their national cinemas, the European Parliament LUX Film Prize subtitles the three competing films into the 24 official languages of the European Union and screens them in all 28 EU countries during the LUX Film Days initiative. 

The winner of the 2019 LUX Film Prize will be announced on 27 November. 

Image: Ray & Liz, courtesy of New Wave Films.