And the 2019 Lux Film Prize goes to … Petrunya

God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya, by North Macedonian director Teona Mitevska won the 2019 Lux Film Prize, the EP press service reported. The winner was announced last Wednesday at a special ceremony at the Parliament in Strasbourg by EP President David Sassoli.

“The LUX Prize provides us with an extraordinary tool. We must seize the opportunity to examine issues such as immigration, the right to healthcare, feminism and political ethics through films. Tackling the climate emergency, our colonial past, or discussing our model of society through cinema is a stimulating challenge that must be encouraged,”Sassoli pointed out.

The winning film is co-produced in North Macedonia, Belgium, Slovenia, Croatia and France. It tells the story of a young unemployed woman who wins the race for the holy cross during the Orthodox ceremony of Epiphany. She suddenly has got access to a religious tradition usually only open to men. The other two finalists were the documentary Cold Case Hammarskjold by the Danish director Mads Brugger and political thriller The Realm by Rodrigo Sorogoyen.

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