Lux Film Prize 2017: Finalists announced in Rome
Three films have been selected to compete for the 2017 Lux Film Prize. BPM (Beats per minute) by Robin Campillo (France), Sámi Blood by Amanda Kernell (Sweden, Norway, Denmark) and Western by Valeska Grisebach (Germany, Bulgaria, Austria) are the films that will compete for this years' Lux Film Prize.
The announcement was made on 25 July in Rome during the Giornate degli Autori (Venice Days) by Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament.
President Tajani said “The Lux Prize not only brings cinema closer to citizens, but Europe to Europeans. Through this prize, the EP promotes and supports Europe's film industry, at a time when it is threatened by the ever-growing presence of online platforms, which are subject to little regulation compared to the traditional film sector. Our European identity is made up of different traditions and cultures, but also of common values: justice, freedom, tolerance. Since its creation, the Lux Prize has included hundreds of directors, distributors and producers, all reinforcing and giving strength to our unique European identity.”
BPM (Beats per minute) by French director Robin Campillo depicts the solidarity, sense of humour and determination of a group of activists fighting for more visibility about the problem of AIDS and for faster progress in prevention and cure in France in the early nineties.
Sámi Blood by Swedish director Amanda Kernell tells the story of a 14-year-old Lapp girl who abandons her community because she dreams of a different life but has to face racist attitudes.
Western by German director Valeska Grisebach uses the ingredients of cowboys-and-Indians classics to address the issues of economic immigration and integration and to tell a story about German workers on a construction site for a hydroelectric power station in beautiful natural surroundings in Bulgaria.
The three finalist films will be subtitled in all 24 EU official languages including the Irish language, and will be screened during the LUX Film Days in more than 50 cities and several festivals across 28 EU countries.
The film awarded the 2017 Lux Prize will be selected by MEPs and announced on 15 November during the EP plenary session in Strasbourg, in the presence of the film directors. It will be adapted for the visually and hearing impaired and it will receive support for international promotion as well as receiving promotional support during its international release.
This year’s LUX Film Days will take advantage of the cooperation between the European Parliament Information Offices and the Creative Europe MEDIA Desks, to strengthen visibility and broaden the audience.
28 Times Cinema
Thanks to the collaboration with Europa Cinemas and Cineuropa, 28 young cinephiles aged 18 to 26 will act as the jury for the Venice Days Award. They will be the LUX Film Prize "ambassadors" when they will present the 6th edition of the LUX FILM DAYS in their respective countries.