It’s full steam ahead for the LUX Film Prize awards ceremony

1 day until award ceremony

The LUX Film Prize awards ceremony will be held on 23 November in Strasbourg, and will include a press seminar, the screening of the three finalists competing for the award and the announcement of the winner by President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz.

The programme opened on Monday 21 November with the screening of the co-production between France, Tunisia, Belgium and the United Arab Emirates As I Open My Eyes, the first feature by young Tunisian director Leyla Bouzid, at 8 pm.

On Tuesday 22 November, there will be a press seminar at the Louise Weiss building at 2.30 pm and an introduction to the seminar, which will feature Antonio Tajani, First Vice-President of the European Parliament, and Juana Lahousse Juárez, Director General for Communication of the European Parliament. After this, there will be a conference entitled “Cinema at Stake in the Political Agenda: Implementation Report on Creative Europe, Audio-visual Media Service Directive Review”. It will feature LUX Film Prize coordinator Doris Pack, the Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education, Silvia Costa, and other members of the committee such as Bogdan Wenta; it will be followed by a Q&A session.

The second part of the seminar will take place on Tuesday 22, this time at 3.45 pm and entitled “What Is the Role of European Cinema and Authors in Today’s Society?” Moderated by Doris Pack, it will feature the directors of the three finalist films competing for the LUX Film Prize (Leyla Bouzid, the director of As I Open My Eyes; Maren Ade, the director of Toni Erdmann; and Claude Barras, the director of My Life as a Courgette), as well as Vice-Chairs of the Committee on Culture and Education Helga Trüpel, again featuring a Q&A session to bring the event to a close.

After a cocktail break at 6 pm, the Swiss-French animation My Life as a Courgette, which follows the orphan boy Zucchini, will be screened at 8 pm at the UGC Ciné Cité Strasbourg.

The last day of the LUX Film Prize ceremony will be Wednesday 23. At 11.45 am, the awards ceremony will take place in the plenary chamber. The winning film will be announced and the prize will be presented to the winning director by Martin Schulz.

After a press conference with MEPs and film directors at the Louise Weiss building at 2.30 pm, the German-Austrian-Romanian comedy Toni Erdmann by Maren Ade will be screened at the Cinéma Saint-Exupéry, thus bringing the three-day ceremony to a close.

Free entry to the three screenings can be obtained upon registration by contacting epstrasbourg@ep.europa.eu.