The LUX Prize goes to God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya
The European Parliament has awarded the 2019 LUX Film Prize Award to God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya by Macedonian director Teona Struga Mitevska.
Since 11 November, Members of the European Parliament had had the chance to vote for their favourite film from among the LUX Official Competition titles, which this year stood out on account of the wide range of styles and genres represented by the three finalists (a documentary, a social comedy-drama and a political thriller).
The film, based on true events, is a satirical drama about a woman who opposes religious traditions and gender stereotypes in a small town in North Macedonia. The film was produced by Sisters and Brother Mitevski, coproduced by Spiritus movens, Entre Chien et Loup, Vertigo, Deuxième Ligne Films, EZ Films, and supported by the Slovenian Film Centre, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, the North Macedonian Film Agency, Viba Film, MEDIA programme and Eurimages. It has been picking up prizes at international film festivals, most recently winning the first Arab Critics’ Award for European Films.
The three 2019 LUX Prize Competition titles will keep travelling across Europe thanks to the LUX Film Days, a series of special screenings organised in collaboration with several festivals and venues in different countries. All of the information about the upcoming screenings can be found here.
Every year since 2007, the European Parliament LUX FILM PRIZE has shone a spotlight on films that go to the heart of European public debate. The Parliament believes that cinema, as a mass cultural medium, is an ideal platform for debate and reflection on Europe and its future.