The LUX Film Days in Lithuania, Hungary and Austria: a sneak peek

The LUX Film Days in Lithuania, Hungary and Austria: a sneak peek

The LUX Film Days have been under way since 19 October, taking the three LUX Prize finalists to every member state of the European Union. So far, the screenings have hit 15 countries, showing Deniz Gamze Ergüven's Mustang, Jonas Carpignano's Mediterranea, and Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov's The Lesson to eager audiences all over the continent.
 
28 Times Cinema member and LUX Ambassador Aušra Umbrasaitė reports from Lithuania, “In our country, there are not many occasions to watch thought-provoking films for free, and that's probably why the screenings were packed with viewers of all ages. It's great that people are interested in seeing non-profit films dealing with hot topics.” In fact, the country has also held screenings of Mediterranea exclusively for students.
 
Enikő Laky, Hungarian 28 Times Cinema member and LUX Ambassador, shared the LUX Film Days experience with an impressive group of viewers in Budapest. “The interest and anticipation was high – there were young and old alike. The principal of the movie theatre, Botond Elekes, was happy to tell us that as in previous years, they were having full-house screenings now as well. On the first evening, Hungarian MEP Norbert Erdős gave a brief speech in which he emphasised the aim and importance of the event. During the screening of Mediterranea, the tension was almost palpable; every Hungarian citizen watched this movie with particular interest and mixed feelings, as it tackled the dramatic migrant crisis that also concerns Hungary and has sparked huge political and social tension over the last few months. This movie gave audiences something deep to think about – it was a shocking experience.” The urgency of Carpignano's film feels more pertinent than ever these days in Hungary – and that of The Lesson is no less important. “The Lesson represented human values that everyone appreciates and seeks in today's Hungarian society, and the audience could easily identify with the struggles that the protagonist is going through. An everyday Hungarian felt the story was their own.”
 
From Austria, 28 Times Cinema member and LUX Ambassador Johanna Wachter describes a very successful LUX evening in Vienna, with the screenings of the three films. “There were about 400 tickets given out (and the theatre only has 150 seats) for the sold-out screenings. After the films, there was a debate between Viennale Film Festival programme director Hans Hurch and Austrian MEP Michel Reimon about the films and their topics. I was invited to talk in front of the audience about being a LUX Ambassador and a part of the 28 Times Cinema programme, and how I think it aids intercultural understanding in the EU.”
 
And the LUX Film Days do not end there – stay tuned to our agenda so you don't miss the screenings in your country!

Gallery Images: 
LUX Film Days at the Viennale
Our Austrian Ambassador on stage to introduce the LUX Film Days
LITHUANIA: Screening of Mustang in Vilnius
LITHUANIA: Screening of Mustang in Vilnius
LITHUANIA: Screening of Mustang in Vilnius
LITHUANIA: Screening of Mustang in Vilnius
HUNGARY: LUX Film Days in Budapest
HUNGARY: LUX Film Days in Budapest
HUNGARY: LUX Film Days in Budapest