Coproduction of Iceland, France and Ukraine wins Lux Prize of cinema

The film ‘Woman at War’, a co-production between Iceland, France and Ukraine, was today awarded the Lux 2018 Prize, awarded by the European Parliament (EP).

“Woman at War” by Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson was the favourite film on a list that included two other finalists: Mila Turajlic’s “The Other Side of Everything” (Serbia, France, Qatar) and Styx Wolfgang Fischer (Germany, Austria).

The film won the 12th edition of the Lux Prize tells the story of Halla, a 50-year-old ecologist in Reykjavik, who decides to face the aluminium industry in a solitary justice act to defend the environment and against global warming.

It then begins to sabotage the power lines to paralyze the factory, but the news that it was accepted for the adoption of a child in Ukraine shakes his plans.

“The finalist films address three key themes for the future of Europe: the risks associated with extreme nationalism, the urgency to act to save the environment and the need to find coherent and cohesive responses to the issue of migration,” said the president of PE, in the announcement of the winner.

The EP finances the subtitling of the Lux Prize finalist films in the 24 official EU languages.

The winning film, chosen by MEPs, is also adapted for people with visual or hearing disabilities.

The three finalist films are commercially unpublished in Portugal.

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