Since 2007, the Lux Prize for Cinema awarded by the Members of the European Parliament has been casting an annual spotlight on Europe’s cultural creativity.
So who are this year’s finalists ?
No matter the individual, historical or social issues they illustrate, all the films throw a light on Europeans – their lives, their convictions, their doubts and their quest for identity.
From the original 10 pre-selected films, three have been chosen for the finale round :
- “AKADIMIA PLATONOS” (PLATO‘S ACADEMY)directed by Filippos Tsitos, – “ILLÉGAL” (ILLEGAL) directed by Olivier Masset-Depasse, and – “DIE FREMDE” (WHEN WE LEAVE) directed by Feo Aladag.
Each film reveals a knot of contradictions : one’s origins versus the melting pot ; fundamental liberties contrasting with illegal immigration ; and individual choices set against community traditions. And they all echo policies the European Parliament has debated and voted on.
Most MEP’s believe that cinema offers up the ideal vehicle for debating the European integration process :
Doris Pack, MEP explains:
“I’m firmly convinced that there can be no genuine sense of European shared identity if we forget the specific role and value of culture and in particular of cinema !”
Invited by MEP’s to a public hearing on Cinema, Film Director Wim Wenders said he supported the Lux prize as one innovative way to change Europe’s image and had this to say :
“It is hard for Europeans to really identify (= with Europe) and be the Europeans that they could be, that they should be because they are given little emotional content to identify with Europe.”
As a reward, the LUX Prize will fund the subtitling of the winning film in the EU’s 23 official languages, plus an adaptation of the original version for hearing or visually-impaired people, as well as the production of a 35 mm print for each Member State.
The award ceremony will take place on the 24th in Strasbourg.