From the centre to the edge of Europe: the LUX FILM DAYS

LUX FILM DAYS in Berlin - © Matthias Lüdecke

One of the most important objectives of the LUX FILM DAYS has always been to interconnect each European country, screening the LUX Prize films in every one of them. After visiting Eastern and Southern Europe (Poland, Slovenia and Italy – read the news), the initiative is making a bigger leap, this time from the edge of Europe (Cyprus) to its centre (Germany).
 
Cyprus, the island that lies between South-Eastern Europe and the Middle East, is the perfect example of this interconnection between European countries. In the words of LUX Ambassador and 28 Times Cinema participant Kyriacos Demetriou, “In a European country that feels cut off from the rest of Europe much of the time – and not only in the geographical sense – the LUX Prize has successfully extended its influence beyond one of its member states’ capital city and has brought cinemagoers a step closer to European film, culture and our common European values.” The three finalist films (Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida, Céline Sciamma’s Girlhood and Rok Biček’s Class Enemy) were screened from 3-5 December in the capital, Nicosia, and on 6 December in Limassol, introduced by the representatives of the European Parliament office in Cyprus and enjoying an excellent reception by the audience.
 
Two days later (from 8-9 December), and more than 3,000 km away, Berlin welcomed the films to the Kino in der KulturBrauerei, following previous screenings in Germany, in cities such as Cologne (read the news) and Munich. Girlhood opened the screenings, followed by a discussion with film critic and LUX Prize Selection Panel member Paul Peter Huth, MEP Helga Trüpel, and LUX Ambassador and 28 Times Cinema participant Rahel Schöppenthau. Questions around the films’ topics, their transnational relevance and the role of the European Parliament in cultural policy were raised during the discussion, with the audience showing a great deal of interest in the initiative.
 
Lastly, Milan welcomed for the first time the LUX FILM DAYS, with a sold out screening of Girlhood. The event took place in Cinema Beltrade, on 11 December. But the LUX FILM DAYS have not come to a halt in the wake of the LUX Prize being awarded to Ida. Milan’s screenings continued with the successful showing of Class Enemy on 8 January, and are not over yet: on 22 January, Ida will visit the city. As a matter of fact, this year, more screenings are held: Madrid, Liège, Copenhagen and Bologna are welcoming the titles in January (read more).
 
Also, at the end of this month, voting will close for the Audience Mention, which will determine which film is the most favoured by viewers – you can still vote by clicking here. The winner of the Audience Mention will be unveiled at the next edition of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, in July.

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LUX FILM DAYS in Berlin - © Matthias Lüdecke
LUX FILM DAYS in Berlin - © Matthias Lüdecke
LUX FILM DAYS in Milan
LUX FILM DAYS in Milan
LUX FILM DAYS in Bologna
LUX FILM DAYS in Bologna
LUX FILM DAYS in Milan
LUX FILM DAYS in Milan
LUX FILM DAYS in Milan
LUX FILM DAYS in Milan
LUX FILM DAYS in Milan