A look at the LUX FILM DAYS in Poland, Italy and Slovenia

LUX FILM DAYS in Ljubljana

The LUX FILM DAYS are far from over. The LUX Prize was awarded on 17 December to Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida (read the news), celebrating its quiet, striking portrait of the past, present and future of a young. But in the run-up to that very special date, the three finalist films didn’t cut short their trip around the continent. After visiting France, Germany and the United Kingdom (read the news), Ida, Céline Sciamma’s Girlhood and Rok Biček’s Class Enemy went on to travel to countries like Poland, Italy and Slovenia.
 
The city of Wroclaw welcomed the three films to its Kino Nowe Horyzonty theatre, from 18-20 November. Pawel Pawlikowski’s homeland greeted Ida, his first film made in Poland, with just as much excitement more than one year after its commercial release. With over 150 attendees, the screenings were rounded off by a debate led by film journalist Jan Pelczar and including critically acclaimed writer Olga Tokarczuk, during which they addressed the topics that Ida tackles as well as the unprecedented success that the film has generated for Polish cinema, given that it is one of the main favourites for the upcoming Oscars and has already been labelled as the “herald of Polish cinema renaissance”.
 
Rome followed immediately afterwards, on 21 November, with the screening of Girlhood. Céline Sciamma’s film was introduced by distributor and former LUX Prize Selection Panel member Georgette Ranucci, alongside chair of the EU Culture Committee and LUX Prize instigator Silvia Costa, who highlighted the value of the prize – the subtitling of the films in the 24 official languages of the EU – in order to achieve better promotion and circulation.
 
Lastly, Ljubljana screened the three films from 21-27 November at Kinodvor. Rok Biček’s home country celebrated the selection of his film with a special event that gathered together more than 400 viewers, as well as MEPs Lojze Peterle, Romana Tomc and Igor Šoltes, actors Voranc Boh, Jan Zupančič, Kangjing Qiu and Dan Mravlje, and Biček himself. The event, complete with significant media coverage, included a debate that focused on the film’s values: issues related to today's youth, the role of school education and the values of the individual in contemporary (and European) society. “It is really nice to see that the movie and its story reached so many people,” said Biček regarding the success of the title, which has received awards at different film festivals around the world. “My main goal in making the film was to give the audience a reflection of today's society and to make people think about real-life questions without offering them the final answers,” he concluded.
 
Not far away from Wroclaw, Warsaw also welcomed the LUX FILM DAYS, screening the three films from 27-29 November to a very eager audience.

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LUX FILM DAYS in Wroclaw
LUX FILM DAYS in Wroclaw
LUX FILM DAYS in Wroclaw
LUX FILM DAYS in Wroclaw
LUX FILM DAYS in Wroclaw
LUX FILM DAYS in Ljubljana
LUX FILM DAYS in Rome
LUX FILM DAYS in Rome
LUX FILM DAYS in Rome
LUX FILM DAYS in Wroclaw
LUX FILM DAYS in Wroclaw
LUX FILM DAYS in Wroclaw