The LUX Prize sails the Atlantic from Reykjavik to Cape Town

The LUX Prize continues expanding to new territories, sailing the Atlantic Ocean both northbound and southbound in search of new lands. The European Parliament’s prize is visiting two festivals at the northern and southern extremes of the ocean: the Reykjavik International Film Festival and for the first time this year, the Cape Town International Film Market & Festival. These gatherings, alongside Luxembourg’s CinEast – Central and European Film Festival, will be an introduction of the eagerly awaited LUX Film Days season.

The Reykjavik International Film Festival, taking place from 27 September-7 October, will host screenings of the three finalist films (The Other Side of Everything by Mila Turajlic, Styx by Wolfgang Fischer and Woman at War by Benedikt Erlingsson) on Sunday 30 September. The festival is also organising a special reception in the presence of EU Ambassador Michael Mann, who will introduce one of the films, Styx, to be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, Austria’s Wolfgang Fischer. Festivalgoers will have the chance to enjoy the event at the Bíó Paradís.

The CinEast – Central and European Film Festival in Luxembourg, taking place from 4-21 October, will then take over and screen The Other Side of Everything but also the Official Selection titles Mug by Malgorzata Szumowska and Donbass by Sergei Loznitsa.

Lastly, the Cape Town International Film Market & Festival, which is running from 9-19 October, is putting a special focus on this year’s LUX Prize selection, with a standalone festival section that will screen seven of the ten Official Selection titles. Besides the three finalists, and the two aforementioned films that are also showing in Luxembourg, the festival is also welcoming Border by Ali Abbasi and Happy as Lazzaro by Alice Rohrwacher.

These new festival partners stand as a testament to the film industry’s interest in collaborating with the LUX Prize, whose network keeps expanding every year, and whose unique and powerful contribution to the cultural diplomacy of the European Parliament is becoming increasingly relevant.