Binding Europe and Culture is essential for more than one reason
As Jacques Delors used to say, "you don't fall in love with the internal market", but with a film, a story, a song or a TV series, yes!
More prosaically, it should be borne in mind that the cultural sectors have a significant weight in the economy: 12 million full-time jobs creating around 509 billion euros of added value in European GDP.
Among the European Union's strong actions in favour of culture is the European Parliament's Lux Cinema Prize. The only film prize in the world awarded by a Parliamentary Assembly!
The 13th Lux Prize was awarded on the blue carpet of the Hemicycle in Strasbourg on 27 November among 3 finalists:
- "God exists, her name is Petrunya", by director Teona Mitevska, a co-production between Northern Macedonia, Belgium, Slovenia, Croatia and France, a film about a young woman's struggle against a patriarchal and conservative society;
- "Cold Case Hammarskjöld", by Danish director Mads Brügger, a co-production between Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Belgium, a fascinating documentary on the 1961 plane crash of the Swedish Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dag Hammarskjöld;
- "El Reino", by Rodrigo Sorogoyen, a French-Spanish co-production, a kind of Iberian House of Cards, panting political film about the thirst for power and corruption.
MEPs chose "God exists, her name is Petrunya" for her remarkable actress, amazing as a young history graduate - failing to build a future for herself in a deprived city in Northern Macedonia - and suddenly rebelling against any authority, be it male, parental or religious. This film resonates particularly with our times: issues of gender equality and development inequalities on our continent between East and West but also between privileged centres and the countryside.
The other film not to be missed is from my point of view "Cold Case Hammarskjöld": a breathless journalistic investigation, innovative in its narrative, an engaging story based on an almost unknown state secret(s)... It is therefore a source of motivation to watch this film and the other two finalists in theatres or online through the use of the VOD. You will also be able to vote for the public prize until the end of January 2020.
These three films received financial support for their subtitling in the 24 official languages of the European Union, and for their screening in cinemas and festivals across Europe! It is an important virtue of the Lux Prize to ensure this promotion.
As for the Prize itself, it must be better known, that is a certainty. This will be one of the many projects of our Culture-Education-Youth Committee in favour of a European cultural area that is creative and influential."
Find more about the 2019 Lux Prize