LUX Prize 2011 - 'Play' in the Glasgow Youth Film Festival
As part of the Glasgow Youth Film Festival, Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT) and the European Parliament Office organised a screening of one of the nominees for the European Parliament 2011 LUX Prize. 'Play' by Swedish film-maker Ruben Östlund is set over the course of a tense afternoon in central Gothenburg, where five African immigrant boys toy with three well-heeled teens. Eventually things get out of hand and the boys' more subtle and sadistic purpose is revealed - a complex 'game' of intimidation that takes advantage of white liberal guilt and political correctness. One of the outstanding titles at Cannes last year, this is a provocative, unsettling film that you'll be pondering for days.
Over 100 people attended the screening in Glasgow and the film was followed by a lively panel discussion on how the media portrays different social groups and how important it is to give children and young adults an environment in which they can admit to being bullied.
More information on the LUX Prize and its nominees and winners is available on the LUX Prize website.