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The European Parliament and the Cork Film festival 2015


The European Parliament LUX Prize casts an annual spotlight on films that go to the heart of European public debate and cinema is an ideal vehicle for debate and reflection on Europe and its future. The European Parliament and the Cork Film Festival believe that cinema can be used as a medium to discuss and debate topical issues.


When Parliament created the LUX FILM PRIZE to support independent film making, it decided to focus on distribution because it believes that this is “the Achilles heel of European cinema”. Unlike the largely unified North American market, the film industry in European countries faces huge organisational and economic difficulties which are worsened by language barriers.

This year the Cork Film Festival is screening three LUX-nominated films, Mediterranea, Toto and His Sisters and The Lesson (2014 Bulgarian film). These screenings are all free. See

LUX films at Cork

The Lesson Tuesday 10 November at 18:15 Gate cinema
The Lesson/UROK, is set in Bulgaria and centres around a young teacher searching for a robber in her class while at the same time she is falling into further debt with loan sharks. Can she find at way out? What makes a decent human being become a criminal? The film explores how adversity can shatter a comfortable existence. Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov (Bulgaria, Greece)

Toto and His Sisters 10 November at 16:00 Gate Cinema
This film recounts the compelling story of Toto (10) and his sisters Ana (17) and Andreea (15) growing up in a poor city suburb in Bucharest, waiting for their mother to come home from prison. During this time Toto passionately learns dancing, reading and writing all the while his sisters try to cope and keep the family together. The film explores topics like poverty, drugs and the importance of family. Alexander Nanau (Romania, Hungary, Germany)

Mediterranea Wednesday 11 November at 18:30 Triskel Arts centre
This is the story of Ayiva who travels from his native Burkina Faso to Italy in search of a way to provide for his sister and daughter. He takes advantage of his position in an illegal smuggling operation to get himself and his best friend off the continent. Ayiva adapts to life in Italy, but when tensions with the local community rise, things become increasingly dangerous. Determined to make his new situation work he attempts to weather the storm, but it has its costs. Jonas Carpignano (Italy, United States, Germany, France, Qatar)

For the first time ever, one of the films will be screened simultaneously in 8 different cities, followed by a Q&A with its director live from Brussels: Mediterranea will be seen on 11 November in the Belgian capital, Seville, Bratislava, Paris, Lisbon, Santiago de Compostela, Cork and Bucharest. Following the screening of the film there will be a Q&A with cast and crew live streamed from the film’s Brussels presentation simultaneously with the 8 other participating cinemas. Members of the public can participate using the hashtag #LuxPrize.

Participation of Irish members of the European Parliament

Deirdre Clune MEP will will speak about the Lux Prize at the launch of the festival on Friday 6 November.

In addition on Friday 13 November Liadh Ni Riada MEP will introduce the Irish language film Deardhuil at 17:45 in the Gate Cinema.

Lux Prize website
Cork Film Festival website