The Three Films Competing For The 2015 LUX Film Prize
Today, at the Venice Days (Giornate degli Autori) press conference, the First Vice President of the European Parliament Mr Antonio TAJANI and the President of the Committee on Culture and Education, Mrs Silvia Costa, announced the 3 contending films to run for the 2015 LUX Film Prize. Directors will attend the upcoming Venice Film Festival to present the 3 films:
MEDITERRANEA, by Jonas Carpignano – Italy, United States, Germany, France, Qatar
MUSTANG, by Deniz Gamze Ergüven – France, Germany, Turkey, Qatar
UROK (THE LESSON), by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov – Bulgaria, Greece.
It is the seventh year of the partnership between the LUX Film Prize of the European Parliament and Venice Days. Once again Venice will be the port of departure of the 3 films of the Official Competition. During the LUX Film Days, from October to December, MEDITERRANEA, MUSTANG and UROK will journey across the whole of Europe. As such, the 3 films will be subtitled into the 24 official EU languages and will be screened in more than 50 cities and 20 festivals allowing each year a larger number of Europeans to discover them.
Herein lies the uniqueness of the initiative of the European Parliament: by creating the framework for a European public space, the LUX Film Prize is clearly a tool that shows the complexity of a European identity, as it has always tried to interpret and represent the realities of European successes and challenges.
In general, very few European films have the possibility to cross language barriers and to meet the public for which they were made on such a scale. The LUX Film Prize, via subtitling, wishes to overcome these barriers and reach more citizens.
THE 3 FILMS OF THE 2015 LUX FILM PRIZE OFFICIAL COMPETITION –3 FIRST FEATURES, 4 YOUNG DIRECTORS
The 3 films of the Official Competition represent 3 first features from 4 very promising directors (THE LESSON is a co-direction). This cast of exceptionally talented and young directors boasts Europe's cinematographic skill, and shows how European cinema is lively, engaged on current and social issues and could represent a mobilising force for Europeans.
Jonas Carpignano's feature film debut assesses the very fragile and current issue of Mediterranean crossings by immigrants seeking freedom and safety.
Deniz Gamze Ergüven presents the imprisonment of young girls by a society under the thumb of men still very much under the influence of local traditions.
Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov turn their gaze towards a school environment, looking into how economic adversity can shatter a comfortable existence.
This year, with the works of these young directors, the LUX Film Prize enters its 9th edition.
The 3 finalist films will be subtitled in the 24 official languages of the European Union, while the winning film, voted for by the Members of the European Parliament, will be adapted for visually and hearing impaired and supported through promotion during its international release.
Cinema in Europe is currently a particular topic of debate with the Digital Single Market initiative and the impending copyright reform. The bringing together of European cinema by the LUX Film Prize is proof yet again, that Europe has a lot to offer as a whole and that cinema is an effective means through which to overcome national barriers.
28 Times Cinema and LUX Film Days
This year, "28 Times Cinema", another fruitful outcome of the partnership between the European Parliament LUX Film Prize and Venice Days, kicks off for the sixth time. Thanks to the crucial collaboration with Europa Cinemas and Cineuropa, 28 young cinephiles aged 18 to 26 will get the chance to act as the jury for the Venice Days Award. Additionally, the group will be totally immersed in the LUX Film Prize experience, watching the 3 films of the Official Competition and meeting their respective directors. This special event is ample preparation for their role as LUX Film Prize "ambassadors", where they might present the 4th edition of the LUX FILM DAYS in their respective countries.
This initiative is very important as it is not only film professionals but also the European audiences that make up the front line of the industry today. As such, it is essential that all Europeans express their cinematographic sensibilities and awareness of Europe's richness and diversity.
During the LUX Film Days period, all 751 members of the European Parliament will be invited to vote for one of three films in competition. On November 25th, the winner of the LUX Prize will be announced at the formal sitting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg in the presence of the 4 directors.
The Audience Mention for the 2015 LUX Film Prize will also be confirmed. Viewers from all around Europe will be invited to vote for one of the 3 films in competition. For the third year, one of the voters will be randomly chosen and be rewarded with an invitation to the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2016, where the winner of the 2015 LUX Prize Audience Mention will be announced.
The previous LUX Film Prize winners have been IDA, by Pawel Pawlikowski (2014), The Broken Circle Breakdown, by Felix van Groeningen (2013), Io sono Li by Andrea Segre (2012), Les Neiges du Kilimandjaro by Robert Guédiguian (2011), Die Fremde by Feo Aladag (2010), Welcome by Philippe Lioret (2009), Le silence de Lorna by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (2008) and Auf der anderen Seite by Fatih Akin (2007).
The 3 contending films are part of the 2015 LUX Film Prize Official Selection
The 3 films in Competition are part of the LUX Prize Official Selection which was unveiled at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival on 5 July.
The 10 films of the 2015 LUX Film Prize's Official Selection are as follows (in alphabetical order):
1) 45 YEARS by Andrew Haigh – United Kingdom
2) A PERFECT DAY, by Fernando León de Aranoa – Spain
3) HRÚTAR (Rams), by Grímur Hákonarson – Iceland, Denmark
4) LA LOI DU MARCHÉ (The Measure Of A Man), by Stéphane Brizé – France
5) MEDITERRANEA, by Jonas Carpignano - Italy, United States, Germany, France, Qatar
6) MUSTANG, by Deniz Gamze Ergüven - France, Germany, Turkey, Qatar
7) SAUL FIA (Son Of Saul), by László Nemes – Hungary
8) TOTO SI SURORILE LUI (Toto And His Sisters), by Alexander Nanau – Romania, Hungary, Germany
9) UROK (The Lesson), by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov - Bulgaria, Greece
10) ZVIZDAN (The High Sun), by Dalibor Matanić – Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia