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LUX PRIZE 2018

The LUX Prize Official Selection for 2018 is unveiled

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- The European Parliament’s spotlight on film has revealed the ten titles selected for this year’s competition, as announced at the 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

The LUX Prize Official Selection for 2018 is unveiled

Once again, this year, the European Parliament is supporting European cinema by way of the LUX Film Prize. The 2018 edition of the Competition officially kicked off in March and, following much deliberation on the part of the Selection Panel, the ten films which make up the Official Selection have now been unveiled at the 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

The official line-up was revealed by Vice-President of the European Parliament Evelyne Gebhardt, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education Helga Trüpel, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Budgetary Control Martina Dlabajová, Members of the Committee on Culture and Education Michaela Sojdrova and Bogdan Wenta, and LUX Prize coordinator Doris Pack.

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More than 50 films were considered for selection by the Panel members, from the most talked-about world-premieres at the biggest film festivals, to smaller, lesser-known national releases. As in previous years, an emphasis has been placed on diversity behind the camera, and many of the films selected are directed by women and first-time filmmakers hailing from each and every corner of Europe.

The selected films are:

Border [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Ali Abbasi
film profile
]
Ali Abbasi (Sweden/Denmark)
Girl [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Lukas Dhont
film profile
]
Lukas Dhont (Belgium/Netherlands)
Mug [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Małgorzata Szumowska
film profile
]
- Małgorzata Szumowska (Poland)
The Other Side of Everything [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Mila Turajlić
film profile
]
- Mila Turajlić (Serbia/France/Qatar)
U-July 22 [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Erik Poppe
film profile
]
Erik Poppe (Norway)
Donbass [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Sergei Loznitsa
film profile
]
Sergei Loznitsa (Germany/Ukraine/France/Netherlands/Romania)
Happy as Lazzaro [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Alice Rohrwacher
film profile
]
Alice Rohrwacher (Italy/Switzerland/France/Germany)
Styx [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Wolfgang Fischer
film profile
]
Wolfgang Fischer (Germany/Austria)
The Silence of Others [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar (Spain/USA)
Woman at War [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Benedikt Erlingsson
interview: Benedikt Erlingsson
film profile
]
Benedikt Erlingsson (Iceland/France/Ukraine)

As usual, the 10 films featuring in the Official Selection will be whittled down to 3 over the coming weeks, the outcome of which will be announced at the Giornate degli Autori press conference in Rome at the end of July. These 3 finalists will then travel across Europe as part of LUX Film Days 2018, battling it out in the final stage of the Competition for the ultimate award, the LUX Film Prize 2018.

The winning project, set to be announced on 14 November in Strasbourg, will be made available to visually- and hearing-impaired viewers, and will have the honour of being championed and promoted by the European Parliament.

Meanwhile, the winner of the Audience Mention for the 2017 LUX Prize Competition has also been announced at Karlovy Vary, based on feedback collated from voters from all over the continent. The winner is Sami Blood [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Amanda Kernell
interview: Lars Lindstrom
film profile
]
by Amanda Kernell, which was already awarded the LUX Prize back in December thanks to MEP votes (read news). And this year, the lucky voter randomly selected from among a host of film-lovers - who was not only invited to attend the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2018 but also to announce the Audience Mention award winner for 2017 - was Sinziana-Maria Jurau from Romania.

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