The film directed by Teona Mitevska that is described as a significant contribution to the feminist struggle against conservative societies won this year's LUX Film Prize awarded by the European Parliament.
'God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya' is co-produced in North Macedonia, Belgium, Slovenia, Croatia and France. It tells the story of a young unemployed woman who wins the race for the holy cross during the Orthodox ceremony of Epiphany. She suddenly has access to a religious tradition usually only open to men. The film has already won a series of awards at festivals around the globe.
European Parliament President David Sassoli presented the award to the winning team. 'We must seize the opportunity to examine issues such as immigration, the right to healthcare, feminism and political ethics through the films showcased by the LUX Prize. Tackling the climate emergency, our colonial past, or discussing our model of society through cinema is a stimulating challenge that must be encouraged. We are the only Parliament in the world that awards a film prize. Let us be proud of it', said Sassoli.
The other two films shortlisted for the 2019 prize were the documentary 'Cold Case Hammarskjöld', a Danish, Norwegian, Swedish and Belgian co-production by the Danish director Mads Brügger and 'The Realm' by Rodrigo Sorogoyen, coproduced in Spain and France. The LUX award is being presented since 2007.