The LUX FILM DAYS to start in Cork this week 16-20 October
The Broken Circle Breakdown, Miele and The Selfish Giant, begin their journey across Europe. The three films in competition for the LUX Prize will be shown this week at the Indie Cork Film Festival (October 16 - 20). The festival will be the first stop of the LUX FILM DAYS. Miele will start the screenings on 18 (Gate Cinema, 9pm). It will be followed by The Selfish Giant on Saturday 19 and The Broken Circle Breakdown – which is also the festival’s closing film - on Sunday 20.
This event marks the starting point of the LUX FILM DAYS, the journey that takes the LUX Prize finalists all across the European Union. After the Irish stop, the films will visit 44 cities of the Member States, ending in mid-December, in Bologna, Italy. The initiative aims to share the diversity of European cinema with the largest possible audience, and to promote the circulation of films made in Europe.
This second edition of the LUX FILM DAYS will also include a Public Mention. After the screenings of the films, the audience will be able to vote for their favourite film amongst the three competitors on the website and Facebook page.
The result of the Public Mention will be announced at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in (June 28 – July 6, 2014). The announcement will close the current LUX Prize edition, giving way to the next edition with the unveiling of the new 10 films of the Official 2014 Selection.
Friday 18th October at 9.00pm
MIELE (Honey) by Valeria Golino – France, Italy (2013)
Irene lives alone a pretty isolated life. Her clandestine job is to help terminally-ill people to die with dignity by giving them a drug. One day she supplies a new “client” with a fatal dose, only to find out he’s perfectly healthy. Irene is determined not to be responsible for his suicide. From this moment, Irene and Grimaldi are locked unwillingly in a tense and unusual relationship which will change Irene’s life forever.
Saturday 19th October at 9.00 pm
THE SELFISH GIANT by Clio Barnard – United Kingdom (2013)
A contemporary fable about 14-year-old Arbor and his best friend Swifty. Excluded from school and outsiders in their own community, the boys meet Kitten, a local scrapman, and begin collecting scrap metal for him using a horse and cart. Swifty has a natural gift with horses and Arbor has a business brain and a way with words – they make a good team. But when Arbor begins to emulate Kitten by becoming greedy and exploitative, tensions build, leading to a tragic event which transforms them all irrevocably.
Sunday 20th October at 9.00pm (Closing Film)
THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN by Felix Van Groeningen – Belgium (2012)
The Broken Circle Breakdown tells the love story between Elise and Didier. She has her own tattoo shop; he plays the banjo in a band. It is love at first sight, in spite of major differences. He talks, she listens. He is a dedicated atheist, although at the same time a naïve romantic. She has a cross tattooed in her neck, even though she has both feet firmly on the ground. Their happiness is complete after their little girl Maybelle is born. Unfortunately, Maybelle, at six years old, becomes seriously ill. Didier and Elise respond in very different ways. But Maybelle does not leave them any choice. Didier and Elise will have to fight for her together.
Will you get through something like that if you are so different? Or will love let you down if you need it most? ‘The Broken Circle Breakdown' is an intense melodrama, full of passion and music. The Broken Circle Breakdown examines how love can conquer fate, and sometimes not.