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Three finalists of LUX Prize 2012 unveiled

The three films making it to the final of this year's LUX Prize selection "Csak a szél" (Just the Wind), "Io sono Li" (Shun Li and the Poet) and "Tabu" were unveiled today at the 9th edition of the Venice Days section of the Venice International Film Festival in Rome. The films will be screened in October and November in all EU member states.

"Our cinema is the mirror of a pluralistic Europe, which shows its poetry and difficulties through the sensibility of writers, directors and performers," said Italian Social-Democrat MEP Silvia Costa, who unveiled the finalists. "Increasingly, European films tell about our changing societies, the encounters between diverse, new cohabitations, floating between dialogue and misunderstanding."

About the films

Csak a szél (Just the Wind) by Bence Fliegauf - Hungary, Germany, France

Inspired by real events, the film tells the story of a Romani family living in rural Hungary. Recently, they find themselves having to exist more stealthily than ever before as Romani families in the area have been attacked and gunned down in their own homes. The Romani community struggles to continue their daily routine amid fears of the suspected racially motivated crimes. Mari juggles her two jobs. Her teenage daughter, Anna tries to concentrate on her schoolwork and sketches. But young Rio is preoccupied with other things. He is getting ready...

This year the film has won the Jury Grand Prix at the Berlin Film Festival and the jury prize at the Paris Cinéma Film Festival.

Io sono Li (Shun Li and the Poet) by Andrea Segre - Italy, France

Shun Li works in a textile factory at the outskirts of Rome in order to get her papers and enable her eight-year-old son to come to Italy. She is suddenly transferred to Chioggia, a small city-island in the Veneto lagoon, to work as a bartender. Bepi, a Slavic fisherman nicknamed the Poet by his friends, is a regular there. The friendship between Shun Li and Bepi upsets both the Chinese and local communities, who try to interfere with it.

Tabu by Miguel Gomes - Portugal, Germany, France, Brazil

A temperamental old woman, her Cape Verdean maid and a neighbour devoted to social causes live on the same floor of a Lisbon apartment building. When the old lady dies, the other two learn of an episode from her past: a tale of love and crime set in an Africa straight from the world of adventure films.

LUX film days all over Europe

For the first time ever, the three finalist films will be screened in October and November in all EU member states subtitled in the 23 official EU languages.

Announcement of winner

The winning film will be picked in November, based on votes cast by MEPs. Other key dates of this year's LUX Prize edition:

29 August-9 September: Venice international film festival (Venice Days), screening and promotion of the three competing films

16 October-20 November: LUX Film Days in the 27 member states (the exact dates vary country by country)

5-16 November: screening of the three competing films in the European Parliament

20 November: closure of the voting procedure for MEPs

21 November: award ceremony in Strasbourg

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