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France, Germany and the UK have celebrated the LUX FILM DAYS
Recently, the LUX FILM DAYS have been bathing in the Mediterranean Sea (in Thessaloniki and La Valletta) and the Baltic Sea (in Stockholm – read the news). After that, the LUX Prize 2014 finalists – Céline Sciamma’s Girlhood, Rok Biček’s Class Enemy and Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida – headed inland.
The French city of Arras was the next to welcome them. The Arras Film Festival, one of the most important film gatherings in the north of France, screened the three selected titles (Class Enemy was also part of the Visions de l’Est section) on 10 November. The presentation of the three films was jointly done by Arras Film Festival General Delegate Eric Miot and the French European Parliament Information Office. The packed screenings were the best place to reflect on and discuss the initiative, the topics of the films, and the movies themselves – EUROPARLTV was there to record it (see it here, here and here).
In Germany, Cologne’s Filmforum in Museum Ludwig presented the three films on 15 November. The screenings were attended by MEP and Member of the Committee on Culture and Education Sabine Verheyen, Minister for Federal Affairs, Europe and Media of the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia Angelica Schwall-Düren and Cologne International School’s Lisa Gotto. After the screening, a very participative Q&A session was held, which focused mostly on a fairly frequent discussion topic in Germany – namely the dubbing of films, a feature of the German film industry that requires a greater presence of films in their original version – something that the LUX Prize seeks to promote – in order for this to be changed.
The United Kingdom was also glad to receive the films in London, specifically in the Mondrian Hotel Cinema, from 17-19 November. At the same time, France again welcomed the films, this time in Troyes, in the Champagne-Ardenne region. Kicking off on 17 November, with a screening of Girlhood that attracted a 150-strong audience, and finishing with the last screening on 28 November, the highly positive reception confirmed the success of the initiative.
Photo: LUX FILM DAYS in Cologne