After a strong and passionate debate held by 24 students from 24 European countries in Hamburg the French film PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE (PORTRAIT DE LA JEUNE FILLE EN FEU) by Céline Sciamma is the winner of the Fourth European University Film Award (EUFA).
From the jury statement: ""In this film, fearless, careful and gentle storytelling creates a mythical atmosphere in which female characters depend on each other and find solace in each other's company. Central composition, a renaissance colour palette and stylised mise-en-scène all contribute to presenting every frame as a canvas painting.
Furthermore, the movie's relationship with European art and history shines a light on the local values and way of life. By breaking the hierarchy between the artist and the muse, Sciamma turns the artistic process into a moving queer love story.""
The decision has been made by Jonah Simanjuntak (University of Antwerp, Belgium), Sara Rauschning (Filmuniversity Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, Germany), Valtteri Kauraoja (University of Turku, Finland), Florentin Groh (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3, France), Panoraia Ioannou (University of the Aegean, Greece), Casey Hynes (University College Cork, Ireland), Sarah Jack (University of Udine, Italy), Nikulás Hlynsson (University of Iceland, Iceland), Romy Halkin (Steve Tisch School of Cinema and Television Studies, Israel), Līga Saliņa (Latvian Academy of Culture, Latvia), Viktorija Dridi (Vilnius University, Lithuania), Layli Jafari Behtash (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands), Selina Teichmann (University Vienna, Austria), Jakub Zawodniak (University of Lodz, Poland), Inês Alves Paredes (University of Beira Interior, Portugal), Rebeka Sarkadi (Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania, Romania), Anton Persson (Linnaeus University, Sweden), Zaineb Lassoued (University Lausanne, Switzerland), Savina Smederevac (University of Arts Belgrade, Serbia), Víctor Iturregui García de Motiloa (University of the Basque Country, Spain), Anna Skočdopolová (Charles University, the Czech Republic), Gülcin Caktug (Kadir Has University, Turkey), Kelsey Draper (Liverpool John Moores University, U.K), Anna Király (Catholic Péter-Pázmány University, Hungary).
The award will be handed over to Céline Sciamma.