28 Times Cinema met the LUX Prize finalists in Venice

On September 5, the three contending films for the LUX Prize 2013 - Italian actress-turned-director Valerio Golino with Miele, Belgian director Felix van Groeningen with The Broken Circle Breakdown, and British director Clio Barnard with The Selfish Giant -  presented their features in a special event organised in the framework of the 2013 edition of the Venice Days.

The three directors had a discussion with the 28 European representatives at the Villa degli Autori:

 

The directors also had the chance to explain the reasons behind their films:

Clio Barnard:  "While I was making The Arbor I met a boy called Matty who lived on The Arbor, a street in Bradford. The film is based on him and his relationship with his best friend. I read The Selfish Giant to my own children when they were small and always wanted to make a contemporary, realist version of this story. The story is about the dangers of excluding children, what gets lost when children are shut out, when their value is not recognised. Matty and his friend were children on the margins of an already marginalised community - so I knew who the children would be, but had trouble figuring out who the giant could be. Matty and his friend were collecting scrap metal using a horse and cart, as lots of teenage boys in Bradford do, and that gave me the idea of the selfish giant being a scrap man."

Felix van Georningen: "When I saw the play for the first time, I though it was really fantastic. All the elements worked perfectly and as a whole, the play achieved real grandeur. It starts out in a rather funny way, like a concert, with musicians playing, then starting to tell their story. We understand that it's about a couple, and that they have lost a child; it goes on from there, always moving on a little further. How will this man and woman deal with their grief, and why don´t they relate to other anymore? That is what moved me in this play."

Valeria Golino: "I read the book A nome tuo by Mauro Covacich three years ago. I found it to be a striking book. Very contemporary, painful and provoking, with a type of female character Italian literature and film haven´t yet seen. I talked about it with Viola Prestieri and Riccardo Scamarcio and I put a request in to buy the book´s rights. Initially, we were frightened. We weren´t sure whether it might be too difficult for me to take on as a first film."

The European Parliament will propose subtitles for these three films in the 24 official languages of the European Union and screen them in all 28 EU countries during the LUX FILM DAYS. The aim is to make these films and their diversity accessible to all, as well as to encourage discussions on themes of shared interest between  European citizens.

The LUX Prize 2013 Winner will then be awarded by the European Parliament in December 2013 in Strasbourg. The laureate film will also be made available for the visually and hearing impaired.

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28 Times Cinema met the LUX Prize finalists
Clio Barnard and Valerio Golino
28 Times Cinema met the LUX Prize finalists
Felix van Groeningen
Valerio Golino
Clio Barnard
Valerio Golino and Felix van Groeningen
Valerio Golino
Felix van Groeningen
28 Times Cinema
28 Times Cinema