Polish production among ten films competing for Lux Film Prize

Director Wojciech Smarzowski during the premiere of “Clergy”. Stach Leszczyński/PAP

"Clergy" (Kler), a Polish film directed by Wojciech Smarzowski, is among the ten films competing for the 2019 Lux Film Prize. The winner will be selected by the European Parliament and announced at its plenary session in Strasbourg on November 27.

A shortlist of three films selected from the ten nominated productions will be announced on July 23.

The Lux Film Prize is an award given out by MEPs to promote European cinema, make films accessible to larger audiences across languages and cultures, help promising productions circulate beyond their national market and encourage debate about values and social issues across Europe.

The final three films will be subtitled in all of the EU's official languages and be screened all over the EU this autumn.

The ten films, chosen by the Lux Film Prize's selection panel, include first features, fiction films and documentaries, directed by both male and female directors, hailing from all corners of Europe, the European Parliament reported on its website

Apart from "Clergy," the remaining nine films are (in alphabetical order according to the English version of the film title): "Cold Case Hammarskjold" by Mads Bruegger, "God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya" by Teona Strugar Mitevska, "Her Job" by Nikos Labot, "Honeyland" by Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov, "Invisibles" by Louis-Julien Petit, "Ray & Liz" by Richard Billingham, ""System Crasher" by Nora Fingscheidt, "The Man Who Surprised Everyone" by Natasha Merkulova and Aleksey Chupov, and "The Realm" by Rodrigo Sorogoyen.

In 2014, the Lux Film Prize went to "Ida," a Polish production directed by Paweł Pawlikowski.