It is one of Europe's most prestigious film prizes and a chance for the winner to gain more exposure. The European Parliament awards the LUX Prize each year to help promote European cinema and stimulate debate about European values and social issues. The contenders for this year's prize have now been revealed at the 48th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic. Read on to discover which films have a chance to win the prize. The three finalists will be selected in July.
The official selection for the 2013 LUX Prize is (in alphabetical order):
- Äta sova dö (Eat Sleep Die), by Gabriela Pichler - Sweden
- Grzeli nateli dgeebi (In Bloom) by Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Groß - Georgia, Germany, France
- Krugovi (Circles), by Srdan Golubovic - Serbia, Germany, France, Slovenia, Croatia
- La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty), by Paolo Sorrentino - Italy, France
- La Plaga (The Plague), by Neus Ballús - Spain
- Miele (Honey), by Valeria Golino - Italy, France
- Oh Boy!, by Jan Ole Gerster- Germany
- Pevnost (Fortress), by Lukáš Kokeš, Klára Tasovská - Czech Republic
- The Broken Circle Breakdown, by Felix van Groeningen - Belgium
- The Selfish Giant, by Clio Barnard - United Kingdom.
The nominations were revealed by EP vice-president Oldřich Vlasák, a Czech member of the ECR group, MEP Silvia Costa, an Italian member of the S&D group, as well as two members of the LUX Prize selection panel: Jakub Duszynski, co-president of Europa Distribution, and Karlovy Festival artistic director Karel Och.