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LUX Prize 2011: Spotlight on European film

October 7, 2011

The European Parliament is a model – and a symbol – of cultural diversity. Its very make-up reflects Europe’s multiplicity of cultures and languages. With 736 seats, the European Parliament is the world’s largest international parliamentary body. It is also the most diverse: its Members represent 27 Member States and speak 23 languages in addition to regional and minority languages.

The Prize

Since 2007, the European Parliament LUX prize casts an annual spotlight on films that go to the heart of the European public debate. The Parliament believes that the cinema, a mass cultural medium, can be an ideal vehicle for debate and reflection on Europe and its future.

Films to be selected have to meet following criteria:

  • Fiction or documentary films (may be animated)
  • Minimum length of 60 minutes
  • Produced or co-produced in a European Union country or in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway  or Swizerland
  • Illustrates the universality of European values and the diversity of European culture, bringing insights into the debate on the process of building Europe
  • Released for the first time between May 1 of the previous year and June 1 of the current year.

The LUX Prize is becoming a quality label backing European film productions.

The films selected for the prize competition help to air different views on some of the main social and political issues of the day and, as such, contribute to building a stronger European identity. They help celebrate the universal reach of European values, illustrate the diversity of European traditions and shed light on the process of European integration.

The winner does not receive a direct grant. Instead, the Parliament pays to subtitle the film into the EU’s 23 official languages and for it to be adapted for the visually or hearing impaired. It also funds the production of a 35 mm print for each Member State.

In this year the nominees are:

  1. A Torinói ló (The Turin Horse) Hungary, France, Switzerland and Germany ;150 min;
  2. Attenberg  Greece ; 95 min;
  3. Essential Killing Poland, Norway, Ireland, Hungary; 83 min
  4. Habemus Papam  Italy, France; 104 min
  5. Le Havre Finland, France, Germany; 93 min
  6. Les neiges du Kilimandjaro (The Snows of Kilimanjaro)France; 107 min
  7. Mistérios de Lisboa (Mysteries of Lisbon)  Portugal; 256 min
  8. Morgen France, Romania, Hungary; 100 min
  9. Pina  Germany, France; 106 min
  10. Play  Sweden, France, Denmark; 118 min

The finalists in this year are: Attenberg; Les neiges du Kilimanjaro and Play

 

     

 

The 2011 edition of the LUX Prize opens on 11 October and will close on 16 November with the Award ceremony.

Sources: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lux_Prize; http://www.luxprize.eu/v1/)

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