LUX Film Prize Cinema Screenings 2019
Bath, 7-17 November 2019 at the FilmBath Festival
Leeds, 6-21 November 2019 at the Leeds International Film Festival
The official selection of the European Parliament's film prize, the LUX Prize 2019, is: 'God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya' by Teona Mitevska; 'The candidate/The Realm' by Rodrigo Sorogoyen and 'Cold Case Hammarskjöld' by Mads Brügger.
Every year the LUX Film Days bring the 3 finalist films to more than 40 cities across the 28 EU Member States. Each film is subtitled in the 24 official languages of the EU. Join us between the 7th - 17th November in Bath and between the 6th - 21st November in Leeds for the screenings of the LUX Prize 2019 finalists.
Tickets are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Registration is essential.
The hashtag for this event is #LUXPrize.
Introducing the LUX Prize Finalists 2019
Films selected for the LUX Film Prize competition celebrate the universal reach of European values, illustrate the diversity of European traditions and shed light on the process of European integration. Read the synopses and watch the trailers to find out more about this year's finalists.
God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya
Teona Mitevska (a coproduction of North Macedonia/Belgium/Slovenia/Croatia/France) 2016
Synopsis: What happens when a women takes part in a race traditionally reserved for men and manages to get hold of a holy cross that an Orthodox priest throws into a river? Petrunya does precisely that and enrages both the men and the priest, who draws the police into the case. Although not initially a feminist, Petrunya refuses to give in to demands that she return the cross and fights for equal rights. “Why don't I have the right to a year of good fortune?” she asks referring to the “prize” for the winner of the contest.
Cold Case Hammarskjöld
Mads Brügger (a coproduction of Denmark/Norway/Sweden/Belgium/UK/Germany)
Synopsis: Dag Hammarskjöld died in a suspicious plane crash in 1961 on his way to ceasefire negotiations in order to resolve a conflict in Katanga, Congo, in which significant economic interests were at stake. The Swedish UN Secretary General was a progressive politician who wanted to prevent Western countries like Britain and France from reinstating their influence in Africa, after colonies had gained independence. Mads Brügger’s slow-building documentary sheds light onto the mystery. This is the third time in the LUX Prize’s history that a documentary is among the three finalists.
Rodrigo Sorogoyen (a coproduction of Spain/France)
Synopsis: How far will someone go to hold on to power? This adrenaline-charged thriller deals with political corruption. It tells the story of the demise of a successful politician and his fiefdom, which had looked destined to last forever. Get ready for bitter arguments, tense car chases and clashes with a probing press.
in Malta, Ireland and the UK, the film is known as The Candidate.