Ukrainian movie “Woman at war” directed by Icelandic movie maker Benedikt Erlingsson is nominated for an award of the European Parliament. It was shot in Iceland, Ukraine and France as the website of the award reported.
Also, Styx made by Wolfgang Fischer (Germany, Austria) and documentary The Other Side of Everything by Mila Turajilic (Serbia, France, Qatar) are among the nominees of the LUX Prize.
The members of the European Parliament will vote the best film. The winner will be awarded on November 14. All three pictures will be shown in 28 European countries.
“The three films – all of which coincidentally put female characters in the spotlight – and the topical themes that they address are a call to action in these difficult times. Styx is an odyssey of a solitary woman into the blue of the ocean, tackling the vital challenge of immigration and refugees. The Other Side of Everything marks the second time in LUX Prize history that a documentary features among the three finalists and is a tender portrayal of a woman, whose story tells the history of her country and Europe as a whole, from a tumultuous political past to the dangers of nationalism. While Woman at War is an energetic, environmental and feminist saga, a call for civil resistance to fight for and save nature from industrial greed and hegemony.”
The film raises the painful issue of the environmental degradation that is depicted through the fight of a woman who decided to undertake a mission of the nature defense and preservation of Iceland’s Highlands.
Halla is a conductor of a choir and holds the secret life of an environment defender. When she plans her most ambitious operation she receives a letter that an orphan from Ukraine is waiting for her. Halla is going to leave her subversive activity and the role of the Highlands’ defender to make a dream true and become a mother. However, before this, she decides to launch the devastating attack at the local aluminum industry.