Still from Mustang (large)

Mustang wins the LUX Prize

French/Turkish/German co-production Mustang has been chosen by the European Parliament to win this year's LUX Prize, beating two other finalists: Jonas Carpignano's Mediterranea and Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov's The Lesson.

Already winner of the Europa Cinemas Label Award, nominee for the upcoming European Film Awards and the French submission to the Oscars race, Mustang follows five orphaned sisters in a remote village in northern Turkey as their family home progressively transforms into a prison for them through conservative religious intransigence towards women.

On receiving the prize, director Deniz Gamze Ergüven said: "The echo you give me through this prize brings further attention to the topic of this film, so thank you very much." 

The LUX Prize celebrates the diversity and social relevance of European cinema and the winner is voted by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). There is also the LUX Prize Public Mention, which is awarded following an audience vote. Alongside these prizes, the LUX Film Days initiative organises a series of screenings of the three finalist films across the continent. 

"Mustang shows five strong women who want to get away from a sometimes patriarchal and hypocritical society," said European Parliament President Martin Schulz of the film. "Sensitivity for the diversity that the prize aims to emphasise is of the greatest importance: we have to be ready to defend what makes us who we are."

Photo: Mustang