Lux Prize finalists Sámi Blood, Western and BPM are European films that challenge our prejudices and raise questions about European identity.
BPM, Sámi Blood and Western - the three finalists for this year's Lux Film Prize - all boast strong characters fighting for their identity, but the stories they tell are very different. Discover them during the Lux Film Days from October to December and vote for your favourite.
BPM (Beats per minute), France's Oscar contender for this year by director Robin Campillo, depicts the solidarity, sense of humour and determination of a group of activists fighting for more awareness of Aids and for faster progress on prevention and treatment 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 to pursue her goal she has to face racist attitudes.
Western, by German director Valeska Grisebach, uses the ingredients of western classics to address the issues of economic migration and integration and tell a story about German workers on a construction site for a hydroelectric power station in beautiful natural surroundings in Bulgaria.
The Lux Film Days
Film lovers can watch the three contenders for the Luyx Prize at film festivals or cinemas in all EU countries from October to December. To make this possible the European Parliament pays for the subtitling into the EU's 24 official languages. Check the free-of-charge screenings in your country here.
Like before you can vote for your favourite film until 31 January. By doing so you also have the chance to win a trip to the Karlovy Vary International film festival in the Czech Republic next July to personally announce the winner of the audience mention.
There will be three simultaneous screenings this year. They take place with BMP in Amsterdam on 8 November and with Western and Sámi Blood in Brussels on 9-10 November. After the screening the audience can ask the film crews questions as can other people through Twitter. Find out more here. To make this possible the Lux Prize joins forces with the European Commission's Creative Europe Media programme.
Selecting the winning film
Starting this week MEPs have the opportunity to watch the three competing films and vote for the film they think should win.
The award ceremony takes place on 14 November during the plenary session in Strasbourg. On that day, the six winners of our Instagram competition will take over Parliament's Instagram account to bring their report on the Lux Film Prize.
About the Lux Film Prize
The European Parliament awards the Lux Film Prize every year with the aim of supporting the production and distribution of European films, stimulating reflection on current political and social issues and celebrating European culture.