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Lux Film Prize winner: Mustang is about aspiring to freedom

Plenary Session Culture24-11-2015 - 18:31

Mustang won the 2015 Lux Film Prize for its moving story of five Turkish sisters who, determined to live their own lives, break with tradition. "I wanted to say with quite a sense of urgency what it was to be a woman, something which was even more acute and urgent in the case of Turkey," said director Deniz Gamze Ergüven of her film. Describing herself as "immensely honoured" upon receiving the award, the French-Turkish director said Mustang was a film that promoted European ideals. (Read more: Lux Film Prize winner: Mustang is about aspiring to freedom )


Mustang is the winner of this year's LUX Film Prize

Plenary Session Culture24-11-2015 - 12:29
Mustang is the winner of this year's LUX Film Prize  

President Martin Schulz announced that Mustang had won the 2015 European Parliament LUX Prize for cinema at a ceremony in the Chamber in Strasbourg at noon on Tuesday. Mustang tells the story of five sisters who have been promised to husbands through forced marriages but who, determined to live their own lives, break the yoke of tradition. (Read more: Mustang is the winner of this year's LUX Film Prize )

LUX prize  

The winner of this year's Lux Film Prize will be picked by MEPs on Tuesday 24 November. The three films that have reached the final stage of the competition are Mediterranea, Mustang and Urok (also known in English as The Lesson). The Lux Prize is awarded by the European Parliament every year to films that promote European cinematography, values and social issues. Follow the award ceremony live on our website. (Read more: And the 2015 Lux Film Prize goes to... Follow the announcement live online )


Lux Prize 2015: Let's talk about films

Others Culture11-11-2015 - 15:01
Lux Prize explanation  

The Lux Prize not only gives recognition to some of the best European films, but also serves as an opportunity to show them to cinema lovers across the EU. Join the conversation on social media, enjoy the films and learn more about the Lux Prize and the people whose creativity and passion brought us this year's finalists: Mediterranea, Mustang and The Lesson. (Read more: Lux Prize 2015: Let's talk about films )


The final round of the ninth edition of the 2015 LUX Film Prize competition starts in Brussels on Monday. It includes three screenings, live debates with audiences and two weeks in which the three shortlisted films –Mediterranea, Mustang and Urok (The Lesson) – will be shown at the EP, with MEPs voting for the winning film and audiences choosing their favourites. (Read more: Final round of 2015 LUX Film competition: screenings and debates with directors )


Net neutrality: four things to know about new rules being voted on

Others Information22-10-2015 - 15:54
Net neutrality illustration photo ©AP images/European Union - EP  

Net neutrality is crucial to the future development of the internet. It is the principle that all online traffic should be treated equally, regardless of the type of content or platforms involved. On 27 October MEPs are set to debate and vote on new rules on net neutrality, following an agreement reached with EU governments after two years of negotiations. Ahead of the vote, find out what it is all about. (Read more: Net neutrality: four things to know about new rules being voted on )


Coming soon to a screen near you: the three films short-listed for this year's Lux Prize will be shown in more than 40 cities all over Europe, subtitled in all of the EU's official 24 languages. During the Lux Film Days film lovers will have the chance to watch them for free and pick their own favourite. Meanwhile, the winner of this year's Lux Prize, chosen by MEPs, will be announced during the plenary session in Strasbourg on 24 November. (Read more: Lux Film Days: check out this year's finalists in a cinema near you )


Registrations for Parliament's European Youth Event (EYE) are now open and the first programme has also been released. The first edition took place in May 2014 when thousands of young Europeans discussed the future of Europe at the Parliament in Strasbourg before submitting concrete proposals to parliamentary committees. (Read more: EYE 2016: registrations for Parliament's youth event are now open )


Be active: European Week of Sport kicks off

Others Sport07-09-2015 - 14:08
The opening speech of MEP Santiago Fisas  

The first-ever European Week of Sport kicked off in Brussels today and will be organised every year by the European Commission with the aim of promoting sport and physical activity across Europe. The new initiative was originally suggested in a report by MEP Santiago Fisas, a Spanish member of the EPP group, which was adopted by the European Parliament. As part of the event various activities take place in all member states and are open to anyone regardless of age, background or fitness level. (Read more: Be active: European Week of Sport kicks off )


Lux Prize 2015 finalists

Others Culture27-08-2015 - 14:40
Announcer for the Lux Prize 2015 with the logo and a photo from each finalist movie  

The finalists competing for the 2015 Lux Film Prize have been announced: Mediterranea, Mustang and Urok (in English: The Lesson). The three films deal with current social issues such as immigration, position of women and girls, education and economic problems in society. (Read more: Lux Prize 2015 finalists )