Launch of LUX Film Days 2015
Awarded annually by the European Parliament in order to highlight the diversity of European cinema, the LUX Prize 2015 edition has begun with an official presentation to the European Parliament’s Cultural Committee on 19 October.
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and audiences across Europe will watch and vote for the finalist films: Jonas Carpignano’s Mediterranea, Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang and Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov’s The Lesson. These three qualifying films were chosen from an Official Selection of ten titles which centre on themes of European social and cultural values.
Screenings will now take place across the 28 EU Member States and in a purpose-built cinema inside the European Parliament. MEPs must vote by 24 November, ahead of the awards ceremony which will take place on 25 November in Strasbourg.
European audiences will also have an opportunity to vote through the LUX Film Days initiative, in which the three finalist films are screened at more than 200 events around the EU.
For the first time, one of the films will be screened simultaneously in eight different cities, followed by a Q&A with its director live from Brussels. Mediterranea will be seen on 11 November in Brussels, Seville, Bratislava, Paris, Lisbon, Santiago de Compostela, Cork and Bucharest.
Chair of the EU’s Cultural Committee Silvia Costa said, "This premiere reflects the original spirit of the LUX Film Days: to give European moviegoers the opportunity to see the same movie at the same time across the EU, and thus to exchange their opinions and their views on it."
20 Oct 2015