Lux Film Prize cinema screenings 2015
London, 16-17 November 2015 at The Barbican Centre
Since 2007, the European Parliament LUX FILM PRIZE casts an annual spotlight on films that go to the heart of European public debate. The European Parliament believes that cinema, a mass cultural medium, can be an ideal vehicle for debate and reflection on Europe and its future.
When the European Parliament created the LUX FILM PRIZE, it decided to focus on distribution because it believes that this is “the Achilles heel of European cinema”. Unlike the largely unified North American market, the film industry in European countries faces huge organisational and economic difficulties which are worsened by language barriers.
The LUX FILM PRIZE has become a quality label backing European film productions. Its winning films have become hits within the EU and beyond. It has helped publicise films that might have otherwise been seen and discovered by few people and has put the spotlight on urgent topical issues.
The three finalists for the 2015 LUX prize were: Jonas Carpignano’s Mediterranea, Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang, and Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov’s The Lesson.
Two of these films (Mediterranea and The Lesson) were shown in London on 16-17 November at The Barbican Centre.
Admission free on a first come, first served basis, but advance registration essential - Please register via the Barbican website.
Mediterranea - A film by Jonas Carpignano (France/Germany) 2015
Monday 16 November at 18:30
Ayiva recently left his home in Burkina Faso in search of a way to provide for his sister and his daughter. He takes advantage of his position in an illegal smuggling operation to get himself and his best friend Abas off of the continent. Ayiva adapts to life in Italy, but when tensions with the local community rise, things become increasingly dangerous.
Urok (The Lesson) - A film by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov (Bulgaria/Greece) 2015
Tuesday 17 November at 18:30
In a small Bulgarian town, Nadezhda, a young teacher, is looking for the robber in her class so she can teach them a lesson about right and wrong. But when she gets in debt to loan sharks, can she find the right way out her self? What makes a decent human being become a criminal?
Mustang - a film by Deniz Gamze Ergüven (France, Germany and Turkey), 2015
Early summer. In a village in northern Turkey, Lale and her four sisters are walking home from school, playing innocently with some boys. The immorality of their play sets off a scandal that has unexpected consequences. The family home is progressively transformed into a prison ; instruction in homemaking replaces school and marriages start being arranged. The five sisters who share a common passion for freedom, find ways of getting around the constraints imposed on them.