The European Parliament's annual film prize LUX was awarded in Strasbourg on 24 November to the film "Die Fremde".
You can get news and updates about the LUX Prize and the films in the competition on the official site. The LUX Prize is also on Facebook.
The three finalists were produced in Greece/Germany (Akadimia Platonos by Filippos Tsitos), Germany (Die Fremde by Feo Aladag) and Belgium/France/Luxembourg (Illégal by Olivier Masset-Depasse).
As an introduction to the Prize on 26 October a public hearing on "Cinema and European Identities" took place in the EP. German film maker Wim Wenders was one of the key speakers. The discussion highlighted above all the importance of the European cinema and participants called for greater film literacy. "There can be no genuine sense of shared European identity if we forget our culture, especially cinema", said EP Culture Committee chair Doris Pack, opening the meeting. Members of the European Parliament will vote for the winning film.
The LUX prize winner does not receive a direct grant. Instead, the Parliament pays to subtitle the film into the EU’s 23 official languages and for it to be adapted for the visually or hearing impaired. It also funds the production of a 35 mm print for each country.