Brussels kicks off December’s LUX FILM DAYS

The LUX FILM DAYS have not stopped moving ever since they were launched in Luxembourg and Ireland in early October. During October and November, the screenings of the three finalist films for the LUX Prize 2014 have been warmly welcomed in cities like Zagreb, Vienna and Leiden (read here), as well as in Thessaloniki, La Valletta, Bratislava and Stockholm (read here). But December is looking even better for the eagerly awaited initiative.
 
Brussels is the first stop (and the main one) of the LUX FILM DAYS in December. The Belgian capital will host the official presentations and screenings of the three films in both the European Parliament’s LUX Theatre, for Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), and the Centre for Fine Arts BOZAR, for the general public. On Tuesday 2, Paweł Pawlikowski will present Ida, while Céline Sciamma will introduce Girlhood. The following day, Wednesday 3, Rok Biček will present Class Enemy. The two days of events will shine the spotlight on European film as one of the most important agents in the shaping of European cultural identity – and, above all, on the three selected films themselves.
 
Later on, Spain will welcome the three movies to two different film festivals. The Cartagena International Film Festival will screen Class Enemy and Ida on 9 December, accompanied by a debate entitled “The LUX Prize and the future of European cinema”, with Spain’s EPIO head officer, Ignacio Samper. A debate on this topic will also be featured alongside the screenings of the three films at the Muestra de Cine Europeo de Lanzarote (12-21 December), this time moderated by festival director Javier Tolentino.
 
Lastly, the titles will hit the two cities that will be holding December’s most important award ceremonies. Riga, where the European Film Awards will be handed out on 13 December, will welcome the three films immediately afterwards, from 14-19 December. And Strasbourg, the city that will host the LUX Prize award ceremony on 17 December, will also screen the three movies from 15-17 December. This way, both cities’ audiences will also be able to enjoy the films that will be vying for the awards not too far from their homes.
 
That is not all, as during the rest of the month, the films will hit other cities such as Vilnius, Barcelona, Budapest, Paris, Lisbon, Tallinn, Bucharest, Sofia… You can see the full LUX FILM DAYS calendar here. Don’t miss the dates!

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Paweł Pawlikowski presenting Ida in Brussels
Céline Sciamma introducing Girlhood in Brussels