“Woman at war” wins the European Parliament´s 2018 Lux Film Prize 

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Benedikt Erlingsson, director of "Woman at War" © European Union 2018 - EP  

“Woman at war”, an Iceland/France/Ukraine co-production, has won the 12th LUX Film Prize, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani announced in Strasbourg on Wednesday.

President Tajani congratulated the three finalists and said:

“I am remarkably proud of our film competition, dedicated since 2007 to European film productions focused on themes which are fundamental to our European Union: universality of European values, integration and tolerance, and defence of cultural diversity. Awarding the LUX Prize has never been as difficult as this year. The nominees in the competition were extraordinary, both in terms of originality and the relevance of the subjects they covered.

The finalist films tackle three key themes for the future of Europe: the risks associated with extreme nationalism, the urgency of acting to save the environment and the need to find coherent and cohesive responses to the migration issue. Differing in genre and subject, these films have an important point in common: they tell stories of strong women who are determined to change the status quo. “

President Tajani added:

“On behalf of the European Parliament, I would like to thank the directors and writers present, as well as all those who contributed to making these films and to the success of this edition of the LUX Prize. By showing us new and personal points of view on this Europe of ours, you are contributing significantly to the political debate that takes place every day in this institution.”

“Woman at war” (Kona fer í stríð) by Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson, a political film, feminist saga and a fable, tells the story of a woman who is a music teacher and who lives a double life as a passionate environmental activist. She sees her political convictions challenged when her plans to adopt a child come true.

The other two films shortlisted for the 2018 prize were: The Other Side of Everything” from Mila Turajlic and Styx by Wolfgang Fischer (Germany/Austria).

A press conference with EP Vice-President Evelyne Gebhardt (S&D, DE) , CULT Chair Petra Kammerevert (S&D, DE) and the directors of the three films is taking place at 15.00 on Wednesday, 14 November, in Strasbourg.

More information on 2018 Lux Film Prize and the films selection.