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Lux Prize | See Three of the Year’s Best Films for Free

The three finalists for the Lux Film Prize – Cold Case Hammarskjold; God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya; and The Realm – will each have a free screening from November 8 – 12 in Cork cinemas.

Introduced in 2007, the Lux Prize is an award given out by the European Parliament. Its goal is to spotlight films exploring contemporary Europe’s social and political issues and help them find an audience beyond their national market.

This year, the European Parliament continues their partnership with Cork Film Festival (November 7 – 17) with the free Lux Prize screenings happening amidst the film event. The first movie to screen is Cold Case Hammarskjold, a Scandi documentary.

Cold Case Hammarskjold centres on Danish journalist Mads Brugger and Swedish aid worker Goran Bjorkdahl as they look with fresh eyes into the death of UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold in 1961. It follows the two as they uncover a dark sinister plot with global consequences.

Cold Case Hammarskjold will be shown on Friday, November 8 in the Triskel Arts Centre at 7pm as part of a simultaneous screening across Europe. It will be followed by a Q&A with director Brugger connecting all EU audiences in one conversation.

Screening on Tuesday, November 12 is The Realm, a fiercely contemporary political thriller from Spain. Dropping viewers into a shady world of backdoor deals and secret power plays, anti-hero Manuel is a corrupt politician caught with his hand in the cookie jar.

When held up as a scapegoat by his equally bent party members, he decides to turn whistle-blower. As his testimony could bring down the country’s whole political system, the fight for Manuel to speak out turns into a fight for his life. Thrilling and terrifying in equal measure, The Realm screens at the Gate Cinema at 3.30pm.

Also to be screened at the Gate Cinema on the same Tuesday is God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya, a Macedonian comedy-drama based on true events. Single jobless woman Petrunya causes havoc in her small town when she takes part in a religious competition for men and wins.

Upsetting the male competitors’ fragile egos, as well as the local church who stipulate Petrunya is not the true winner because she is a woman, events soon escalate into a police standoff. Part winning farce, part dissection of gender norms and the relationship between church and state, the film will be shown at 6.15pm.

While the showings are free to attend, they are ticketed. Be sure to visit corkfilmfest.org to claim your spot.

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