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EP president Antonio Tajani, who hosted the award ceremony, said, “The LUX Prize has this year offered us a competition that was indeed extraordinary in terms of originality and topicality. The finalist films are very diverse regarding their genres and topics, but they all have something in common: the lead characters are women who are resolute, determined, strong and, overall, in pole position when it comes to changing the order of things.” Tajani also addressed the importance of protecting the film industry in Europe and all the jobs it creates, and he brought up the unjust situation of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who is currently imprisoned in Russia and was the recipient of this year’s Sakharov Prize.
The award was collected by the film’s director, Reykjavik-born Benedikt Erlingsson, who stated, “I feel very honoured to be here in the temple of the power of legislation. I feel like a politician, and I think politicians are also storytellers. In fact, you are also very brave because you are taking on the real challenges of fighting against climate change. Climate change will be the focus of all politics in the future.”
Sjá nánar hér: The LUX Prize goes to Woman at War – Cineuropa