Discover the ten European films nominated for the Lux Film Prize 2018  

Discover who has been nominated for this year's Lux Film Prize  

The ten films competing for this year's Lux Film Prize have been revealed at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Find out what films are included.

Another edition of the Lux Film Prize competition has kicked off at Karlovy Vary festival, in the Czech Republic. The ten films selected for the 2018 competition were revealed on 1 July. The European Parliament supports cinema as a way to encourage debate about values and social issues across Europe. The final three films will be subtitled in all of the EU's official languages and be screened all over the EU this autumn.

The 2018 competition

The ten films, selected by the Lux Film Prize's selection panel, cover both films that already attracted a lot of attention at major film festivals as well as small national releases. They are very diverse, but have one thing in common: they mirror the issues our societies are facing such as migration, populism, nationalism, globalisation, war, religion and justice. For the first time two documentaries have been included among the ten nominated films: The Other Side of Everything, The Silence of Others.

The following ten films have been nominated (in alphabetical order according to the English version of the film title):

  • Border/Gräns: director Ali Abbassi (Sweden, Denmark)
  • Donbass: director Sergei Loznitsa (Germany, France, Ukraine, Netherlands, Romania)
  • Girl: director Lukas Dhont (Belgium, Netherlands)
  • Happy as Lazzaro/Lazzaro felice: director Alice Rohrwacher (Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany)
  • Mug/Twarz: director Małgorzata Szumovska (Poland)
  • Styx: director Wolfgang Fischer (Germany, Austria)
  • The Other Side of Everything/Druga strana svega: director Mila Turajlić (Serbia, France, Qatar)
  • The Silence of Others/El silencio de los otros: director Almudena Carracedo and Robet Bahar (Spain, USA)
  • U_July 22/Utøya 22.juli: director Erik Pope (Norway)
  • Woman at War/Kona fer í stríđ: director Benedikt Erlingsson (Iceland, France, Ukraine)

The official selection was revealed on 1 July by Evelyne Gebhardt, Vice-President of the European Parliament, and other MEPs in partnership with the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

Next steps

At the end of July a shortlist of three films selected from these ten films will be announced at a press conference during the Giornate degli Autori in Rome. These will then be shown in a subtitled version in every EU country during the Lux Film Days this autumn.

The winner will be selected by MEPs and announced in the Strasbourg plenary on 14 November 2018. The winning film will be subtitled in all of the EU's 24 official languages while a special version for the visually and hearing impaired will be created as well.

Audience Mention for 2017 Lux Film Prize

Although MEPs decide on the winner, the public also gets to have its say. During the Lux Film Days screenings everyone can vote for their favourite among the three finalists. Afterwards, the Audience Mention prize is revealed in Karlovy Vary. This year it went to Sami Blood by director Amanda Kernell and was announced by Sinziana-Maria Jurau from Romania, who was randomly picked from those who voted.

About the Lux Film Prize

The Lux Film Prize is an award given out by MEPs to promote European cinema, make films accessible to larger audiences across languages and cultures, help promising productions circulate beyond their national market and encourage debate about values and social issues across Europe.

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