STRASBOURG, France – Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson collected his LUX Film Prize at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday for his 2018 film “Woman at War.”
The Icelandic environmentalist, feminist comedy-drama that tracks the plight of Halla, played by Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, as she uses guerrilla tactics to scupper an aluminum plant’s plans to expand in rural Iceland while at the same time learns a long-forgotten adoption application for a Ukrainian girl has finally been approved.
“The LUX Prize has this year offered us a competition that was indeed extraordinary in terms of originality and topicality,” Parliament president Antonio Tajani said in a statement. “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.”
Erlingsson, born in Reykjavik in 1969, said it was an honor to collect the award.
“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,” he said.
“Styx” by Wolfgang Fischer and “The Other Side of Everything,” by Mila Turajlic were runners-up.