The LUX Prize unveils its 2019 Official Selection

Article by David González, taken from cineeuropa.org

The LUX Prize has just unveiled the ten films that make up the Official Selection of the 2019 edition at the 54th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The European Parliament keeps supporting European cinema by way of its spotlight on film, and officially kicked off this year’s edition in March with the meeting of the selection panel.

The official line-up was revealed today, 30 June, by the European Parliament’s Vice-Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education Helga Trüpel, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Budgetary Control Martina Dlabajová, and LUX Prize coordinator Doris Pack.

The 2019 LUX Prize Official Selection (in alphabetical order)

Clergy [+] – Wojciech Smarzowski (Poland)
Cold Case Hammarskjöld [+] – Mads Brügger (Denmark/Norway/Sweden/Belgium)
God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunija [+] – Teona Strugar Mitevska (North Macedonia/Belgium/Slovenia/Croatia/France)
Her Job [+] – Nikos Labôt (Greece/France/Serbia)
Honeyland [+] – Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov (North Macedonia)
Invisibles [+] – Louis-Julien Petit (France)
Ray & Liz [+] – Richard Billingham (UK)
System Crasher [+] – Nora Fingscheidt (Germany)
The Man Who Surprised Everyone [+] – Natasha Merkulova, Aleksey Chupov(Russia/Estonia/France)
The Realm [+] – Rodrigo Sorogoyen (Spain/France)

A highly varied initial shortlist of films was considered for the debates and was consequently discussed by the 21 European film professionals who carefully suggested, watched and selected them. This year’s final selection includes a total of four female directors, two documentaries, as well as an important presence of small countries (not one but two films from North Macedonia) and European co-productions (half of the selection are co-productions).

As usual, of the ten films in the Official Selection, three will take part in the Competition, which will be selected and announced at the Giornate degli Autori press conference in Rome on 23 July. These films will compete to be the winner of the LUX Prize, which will be handed out on 27 November in Strasbourg, and will become the core of the LUX Film Days.

Once again this year, the European Parliament will subtitle the three competing films into the 24 official languages of the European Union and screen them in all 28 EU countries during the LUX Film Days. The winning movie will also be made available for the visually- and hearing-impaired, and actively promoted by the institution.

Lastly, Karlovy Vary also saw the announcement of the 2018 LUX Prize Audience Mention, which went to Benedikt Erlingsson’s Woman at War [+], already awarded with the 2018 LUX Prize. Hungarian-born, Swedish-based freelance journalist and critic Barbara Majsa was randomly selected from among all the participants and invited to the festival to announce the lucky winner.