The jury praises Happy Lazzaro "as an unconventional contemporary take on Italian Neorealism, shot on 16mm, that overcomes geographical and stylistic boundaries. The movie conveys the harshness of the exploitation of people in contemporary world and tackles topics such as class, poverty and ideology, through the eyes of the main character Lazzaro."
The decision has been made by Charlot Vanthournout (University of Antwerp / Belgium), Hana Pololáníková (Charles University, Prague / Czech Republic), Joachim Jelle (Aarhus University / Denmark), Lotta Laitila (University of Oulu Finland), Nina Pillet (Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3 / France), Franziska Weiler (Film University Babelsberg "Konrad Wolf" / Germany), Maria-Vaia Boufeti (University of the Aegean, Greece), Dorá Tibay (Catholic Péter-Pazmany University, Hungary), Kevin O'Shea (University College Cork / Ireland), Nemanja Milosevic (University Udine / Italy), Jort van Slooten (University Utrecht, Netherlands), Adam Teodorczyk (University of Lodz / Poland), Adél Páll (Sapientia University / Romania), Leire Muñoz Castelló (University of Basque Country / Spain), Johan Christensen (Linnaeus University / Sweden), Abel Zuchuat (University of Lausanne / Switzerland), Leia Gill (John Moores University Liverpool / Great Britain), Valerie Malcharczyk, (University Vienna/ Austria), Arína Vala Pórðardóttir (University Iceland/ Iceland), Sandra Meskauskaite (Vilnius University/Littauen), Ieva Augstkalna (Latvian Academy of Culture/Latvia), Ebru Güney (Kadir Has University/Turkey)
The ceremony will take place in Seville on 14th of December 2018 the night before this year's European Film Awards.
With the European University Film Award, FILMFEST HAMBURG and the European Film Academy want to inspire a younger audience for the diversity of European film culture. Five films from this year's documentary and feature film selection for the European Film Award (Foxtrot by Samuel Maoz, Happy as Lazzaro by Alice Rohrwacher, Styx by Wolfgang Fischer, U-July 22 by Erik Poppe, Tarzan's Testicles by Alexandru Solomon) for this year's European University Film Award, were screened at 22 universities before the meeting in Hamburg and discussed intensively in the respective film classes. Each university decided on a favourite and sent a representative to the Hanseatic city.
The European University Film Award 2018 is supported by the Joachim Herz Foundation, the Bundeszentrale für politsche Bildung, Creative Europe Desk Hamburg and the NECS-European Network for Cinema and Media Studies.
The European University Film Award 2017 went to Heartstone by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson, 2016 to I,Daniel Blake by Ken Loach.