The Lido comes into focus for the LUX Prize

The Lido comes into focus for the LUX Prize

The 72nd Venice International Film Festival is approaching. The gathering will take place from 2 to 12 September on the Lido, and, as usual, it will continue with the partnership between Venice Days and the LUX Prize. Thanks to the support and collaboration of the Mostra, the three finalists for the LUX Prize will be presented within the sidebar.
 
This year we have Jonas Carpignano’s Mediterranea, Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang and Kristina Grozeva & Petar Valchanov’s The Lesson.
 
For the second time, the Venice Days Award will be given out to the best film in the section’s official competition. The jury- comprised of young European cinephiles involved in the 28 Times Cinema project- will be headed by French filmmaker and Palme d’Or winner Laurent Cantet, whose own Return to Ithaca received the prize last year. The accolade will be unveiled on 11 September, during the closing weekend of the festival.
 
This edition, the 28 Times Cinema project celebrates its sixth anniversary. The Lux Prize and Venicie Days' initiative, created with Europa Cinemas in collaboration with Cineuropa, brings 28 young European cinephiles (aged 18 to 25) to Venice as representatives of art house cinemas in their own native countries and to share their views on film. Their discussions will be moderated by Karlovy Vary Film Festival artistic director and member of the LUX Prize selection panel Karel Och, who will lead the debates and help the young jurors express their opinions. The group includes students majoring in film, literature and art history, as well as law and medicine, with a number of musicians and, naturally, many filmmakers too. Thus, a truly pan-European jury will weigh the films on the line-up from various points of view and with different expectations. "I believe that cinema is a way of finding oneself and learning something new about our age, our society and other people," explains Maarja Hindoalla, the Estonian candidate.
 
Not far from the Villa degli Autori, the main competitions of the festival will put their cards on the table with a line-up that features new films by filmmakers previously selected for the LUX Prize. The Official Competition will welcome the world premiere of 11 Minutes, the new film by seasoned Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski, whose Essential Killing was one of the ten finalists for the Lux Prize 2011. In the meantime, Danish director Tobias Lindholm, whose R (co-directed by Michael Noer) was one of the ten finalists for the LUX Prize 2010, will unveil his new film, A War, in the Orizzonti section.
 
Last but not least, 2014’s LUX Prize winner, Poland’s Pawel Pawlikowski, will return to the Lido as one of the jurors for the Official Competition. The director of Ida will have a say in which film is the winner of this year’s Golden Lion, alongside jury president Alfonso Cuarón and other renowned filmmakers such as Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Lynne Ramsay.
 
Stay tuned if you don’t want to miss what happens in Venice!