2017 LUX Film Prize Shortlist Announced

The three films in contention for the 2017 LUX Film Prize were announced on 25 July at the Venice Days press conference. They are:

  • 120 battements par minute (Beats per Minute) by Robin Campillo (France) follows a group of Act Up activists in 1992, fighting to make AIDS more visible in France. The film encourages faster progression for AIDS research and prevention.
  • Sameblod (Sámi Blood) by Amanda Kernall (Sweden, Norway, Denmark) tells the exciting story of a Lappish girl who dreams of a life away from the racist community she lives in.
  • Western, the third feature by Valeska Grisebach (Germany, Bulgaria, Austria) was supported through MEDIA’s Slate Funding scheme. Drawing inspiration from the old cowboy-and-Indian classics, it addresses economic immigration and integration issues in Bulgaria.

Presented by President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, and Chairwoman of the Committee on Culture and Education, Silvia Costa, the three films were selected by an industry panel from the previously announced Official Selection.

The three selected films will become the core of the 2017 LUX Film Days with each film subtitled into the 24 official EU languages. The films will be screened to the public at cinemas and festivals across 28 EU countries from October to December.

The official winner will be announced at the formal sitting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 15 November 2017.