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European Parliament: Rome, three LUX Film Prize finalists announced. Sassoli, “a recognition of quality cinema and the role culture plays in shaping our identity”

“The European Parliament’s LUX Prize is a recognition of quality cinema, and above all an acknowledgement of the fundamental role that culture plays in shaping our European identity”. The President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, said this in a video message at the press conference that was held in Rome today to announce the three film finalists for the 2019 LUX Prize. According to Mr Sassoli, the award “is intended to encourage the many young people approaching the world of cinema to pursue their ambitions, not to give up, and to resist, because Europe supports them, and because there is history behind them, and the future ahead of them: the future of a more united, free and solidarity-based Europe”. The winner of the prize will be announced on 27 November, in Strasbourg, during the Lux Film Days. The three finalists are “Cold Case Hammarskjöld” by Mads Brügger, an investigation into the death of the Swedish UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld in a plane crash in 1961; “God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya” by Teona Strugar Mitevska, a film about the fight against misogyny in the Macedonian patriarchal society; and “The Realm” by Rodrigo Sorogoyen, a powerful film about political corruption in Spain. The three finalist films will be subtitled in all 24 EU official languages and will be screened in more than 50 cities and festivals across the 28 EU Member States. This is a concrete sign that the European Parliament supports cultural diversity and encourages debate on the issues that the three films raise.

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