Serbia-France-Qatar documentary "The Other Side of Everything" by Mila Turajlic is among the ten films in the official selection of the annual Lux Film Prix of the European Parliament that were announced at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival on 1 July 2018.
The official selection was announced in KVIFF by Evelyne Gebhardt, Vice-President of the European Parliament, Helga Trüpel, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education, Martina Dlabajová, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Budgetary Control, Michaela Sojdrova and Bogdan Wenta, Members of the Committee on Culture and Education and Doris Pack, LUX Film Prix Coordinator.
From the 10 films in the Official Selection, three films will be selected that will take part in the 2018 Lux Film Days. The three films will all be subtitled in the 24 official languages of the EU and compete for the Lux Film Prix, which will be announced in the European Parliament on 14 November 2018.
"Border" (Sweden, Denmark) by Ali Abbasi overcomes many borders. The title does not just refer to the job of the main character, but also to question of ethical borders, the gender of the two protagonists, and their human (or not) nature.
Set in the eastern region of Ukraine, "Donbass" (Germany, France, Ukraine, Romania, Netherlands, UK) by Sergei Loznitsa reveals a region ravaged by violence and the deep degradation on every aspect of civil society.
"Girl" (Belgium) by Lukas Dhont is an original, tender and extraordinary exploration of gender through the eyes of 15-year-old Lara.
"Happy as Lazzaro" (Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany) by Alice Rohrwacher switches between a magical world and a realist fable that portrays a modern Italy floating between corruption, social critique and surrealism.
Through the story of a young man who loses his face when he falls into the body of Christ, "Mug" (Poland) by Małgorzata Szumowska is a very human film, which evokes a Polish society resistant to change..
"Styx" (Germany, Austria) by Wolfgang Fischer creates a claustrophobic atmosphere in open waters, where some sail freely and others drown. A topical and sobering tale of morality, the film critiques the state of our terrifying and polarised world.
"The Other Side of Everything" by Mila Turajlic is a beautiful documentary, which crosses not only the walls of an apartment in Belgrade, but confronts the history of an entire country and society in its fight against nationalism and struggle for democracy.
"The Silence of Others" (Spain) by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar, is a documentary that sheds light on the epic struggle of those who suffered under the Spanish, 40-year dictatorship of General Franco and continue to seek justice today.
"U-July 22" (Norway) by Erik Poppe is about a day that we can never forget and still barely understand.. It is an emotive, harrowing film about the massacre that took place on the island of Utøya.
"Woman at war" (France, Iceland, Ukraine) is Benedikt Erlingsson’s second feature film; a joyful, inventive, energetic, environmental and feminist saga of a woman who will do anything to protect the country she loves.