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Lights, camera, action: EP reveals finalists for 2013 LUX Film Prize

23/07/2013

The finalists for this year's LUX Prize have been announced: Belgian film “The Broken Circle Breakdown”, British film “The Selfish Giant” and “Miele”, an Italian and French coproduction, will be battling it out for the top honour. The LUX Prize is awarded by the European Parliament every year to films that promote European cinematography, values and social issues. The winner will be determined by a vote by MEPs.

The finalists have been chosen from the ten films in the official selection and were presented in Rome on 23 July by EP vice president Gianni Pittella, an Italian member of the S&D group, and MEP Silvia Costa, also an Italian member of the S&D group who is a member of the EP's culture committee.

The three finalists:

Miele (Honey), by Valeria Golino, is a story about a woman who helps terminally-ill people to die and her relationship with her new “client”, a perfectly healthy man.

The Broken Circle Breakdown, by Felix van Groeningen, tells the unlikely love story between Elise and Didier, who have to cope with their daughter's serious illness.

The Selfish Giant, by Clio Barnard, is a contemporary fable about two friends, one of whom becomes greedy and exploitative as the plot progresses, leading to a tragic event.

Three three films will be shown in all 28 member states during the LUX Film Days, while the award ceremony will take place in December.