British film maker among LUX Prize 2015 selection
A British film maker has the chance to have his work screened in more than 40 cities across Europe after being nominated for the European Parliament's LUX Prize on July 5th.
Andrew Haigh, who worked as an assistant editor on the movie Gladiator, was named in the 2015 Lux Prize selection announcement at the 50th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic, for his film 45 Years.
Since 2007 the LUX Prize has recognised European cinema which highlights social and political issues, fosters a strong European identity and puts a spotlight on the European public debate. Aiming to tackle the so-called 'Achilles heel' of European cinema, the prize focuses on overcoming organisational, economic and linguistic barriers.
Previous successful LUX selections, such as Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida have gone on to achieve international acclaim.
Andrew's film, which stars Sir Tom Courtenay, explores the story of Kate and Geoff Mercer, a childless couple who are preparing for their 45th anniversary. However, as the celebration draws near, the two are given some shocking news - that Geoff's old girlfriend, Katia, who vanished on a hiking trip 50 years previously, has been found preserved in a block of ice. Suddenly, the idea of Geoff's former lover eternally frozen in youth, unchanged, capsizes the couple's bearings.
If 45 Years is selected as one of three Prize Competitors at the end of July, it will form the core of LUX Film Days, meaning it will be screened across the 28 EU member states and subtitled into 24 languages.
The overall winner will then be unveiled at the end of the year in Strasbourg, and will be made available for the visually and hearing-impaired.
Although the winner is chosen by a pan-European panel of cinema professionals, audiences at the LUX Film Days are also able to vote for their favourite titles in the Audience Mention category.