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The UK Film Festival is proud to be screening the 3 finalists in November in Bath and Leeds in association with Film Bath Festival and Leeds International Film Festival.
Druga strana svega/The Other Side of Everything by Serbian director Mira Turajlić is a documentary, which confronts the history of an entire country and society in its fight against nationalism and struggle for democracy. The chronicle of a family in Serbia turns into a searing portrait of an activist in times of great turmoil, questioning the responsibility of each generation to fight for their future.
Kona fer í stríð/Woman at War by Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson is a joyful, inventive, energetic and feminist saga of a woman who is a music teacher and lives a double life as a passionate environmental activist. As she begins planning her boldest operation yet, she finds out that her application to adopt a child has finally been accepted and there is a little girl waiting for her in Ukraine.
Styx by Austrian director Wolfgang Fischer appears at first to be a documentary, but is in fact a masterly composed allegory of our polarised world and ambivalence toward the refugee crisis. The protagonist sails of to her dream holiday; a solo yachting voyage in the Atlantic, but after a storm finds herself near a dangerously derelict vessel filled with people who desperately need assistance. The coastguard send her radio instructions to stay completely out of the matter because she is barely equipped to help but this clashes with her sense of social responsibility. Will she sail freely while others drown?
Congratulations to the following ten films that have been nominated for the Lux Prize:
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 & 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)
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.
The UK Film Festival London represents the Lux Prize in the UK in association with Film Bath Festival and Leeds International Film Festival.
The winner of the Lux Prize 2017, Sámi Blood was screened at the French Institute in London in January 2017 by the European Parliament Lux Prize in association with the UK Film Festival and the National School of Film and Television, as part of Are the Kids alright? : a two-day film celebration of European youth on screen.
The UK Film Festival also screened the 2017 Lux Prize finalists in Leeds in association with LIFF, and in Bath in association with the Film Bath Festival.
The 3 Lux finalists were BPM (Beats per minute) by Robin Campillo (France), Sámi Blood by Amanda Kernell (Sweden, Norway, Denmark) and Western by Valeska Grisebach (Germany, Bulgaria, Austria).
Huge congratulations to the Lux Prize winner Sámi Blood.
Sámi Blood also won the Edgeware Award for Best Feature Film at the UK Film Festival.
The 2016 Lux Prize Finalists were presented in competition by the UK Film Festival in association with Leeds International Film Festival in Leeds in November. In London the three films were screened by the Barbican Cinema.
Two of the films were nominated for Oscars.
”Toni Erdmann", which also won the UKFF Best Comedy Feature was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film; “My Life as a Courgette”, released in America as “My Life as a Zucchini”, which won the UKFF Best Feature Animation was nominated for Best Animated Feature.
The finalists that competed for the 2016 Lux Film Prize were: “À peine j´ouvre les yeux” (As I Open My Eyes) by Leyla Bouzid (France, Tunisia, Belgium, United Arab Emirates), “Ma vie de courgette” (My Life as a Courgette) by Claude Barras (Switzerland, France) and “Toni Erdmann” by Maren Ade (Germany, Romania, Austria). The three films showcase a wide variety of genres, topics and artistic approaches: a testimony of a young generation in Tunisia, a stop-motion animation film portraying life in an orphanage and a hilarious political tragicomedy dealing with contemporary corporate culture.
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