The LUX Prize announces Official Selection

The LUX Prize announces Official Selection

The 10 films of the LUX Prize 2013 Official Selection were today unveiled at the 48th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. These are the 10 films chosen by the LUX Prize Selection Panel as showcasing the richness, diversity and excellence of European cinema.
 
The 10 films of the LUX Prize 2013 Official Selection are as follows (in alphabetical order):

  1. Äta sova dö (Eat Sleep Die), by Gabriela Pichler - Sweden
  2. Grzeli nateli dgeebi (In Bloom), by Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Groß - Georgia, Germany, France
  3. Krugovi (Circles), by Srdan Golubovic - Serbia, Germany, France, Slovenia, Croatia
  4. La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty), by Paolo Sorrentino - Italy, France
  5. La Plaga (The Plague), by  Neus Ballús - Spain
  6. Miele (Honey), by Valeria Golino - Italy, France
  7. Oh Boy!, by Jan Ole Gerster- Germany
  8. Pevnost (Fortress), by Lukáš Kokeš, Klára Tasovská - Czech Republic
  9. The Broken Circle Breakdown, by Felix van Groeningen - Belgium
  10. The Selfish Giant, by Clio Barnard - United Kingdom

 
The 10 films, which span multiple countries across Europe, provide an eclectic mix of socially realist dramas, experimental pieces and documentaries, and represent the work of a few established and well known filmmakers among young and promising newcomers.
 
Notably there are an important number of female directors and first time filmmakers included in the shortlist, like Italian actress Valeria Golino for her feature directorial debut Miele, Swedish Gabriela Pichler, who wrote and directed her first feature film, Eat Sleep Die, Georgian Nana Ekvtimishvili who co-direct the poetic In Bloom, Directors’ Fortnight revelation Clio Barnard with The Selfish Giant, and documentary maker Klara Tasovska. Many films have been the collaborative effort of a range of European countries, most especially Srdan Golubovic’s film Circles, which was coproduced in Germany, France, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia.
 
The Official Selection was revealed by Mr Oldrich Vlasak, Vice-President of the European Parliament, Ms Silvia Costa, member of the Committee on Culture and Education, and two members of the LUX Prize Selection Panel: Mr Karel Och, KVIFF Artistic Director, and Mr Jakub Duszynski, Co-President of Europa Distribution.
 
The Selection Panel
 
Every year, a 16 member Selection Panel appointed by the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education decides on the LUX Prize Official Selection and the Competition.
 
The panel members include Fatima Djoumer (Europa Cinemas), the director of the Sevilla European Film Festival José Luis Cienfuegos, the co-director of the European Film Market at the Berlinale Catherine Buresi, Greek film critic Michel Demopoulos, Belgian film distributor Stéphan de Potter (Cinéart), director of the European Film Academy Marion Döring, Polish distributor and co-president of Europa Distribution Jakub Duszynski (Gutek Films), the head of the education department at the Swedish Film Institute Per Ericsson, German critic Paul Peter Huth, the secretary general of the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes Christophe Leparc, Italian distributor Georgette Ranucci (Lucky Red), Hungarian audiovisual expert Éva Vezer, Sofia International Film Festival programmer Mira Staleva and the artistic director of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival Karel Och.
 
New additions to this year’s panel were Francesca Feder, producer of last year’s LUX winning film Io Sono Li; Jonathan Romney, a film critic for The Independent on Sunday and Sight and Sound; and Olivier Père, former director of the Cannes' Directors' Fortnight and Locarno and currently head of ARTE FRANCE CINEMA.
 
The LUX Prize Competition and the LUX Film Days
 
3 films out of the 10 of the Official Selection will run for the Official Competition. These are the films that will be screened in all 28 member states of the European Union and subtitled into 24 official European languages within the framework of the LUX Film Days.
 
The 3 films of the Official Competition will be announced at the Venice Days press conference in Rome on 23 July 2013.
 
The LUX Prize 2013 winner, voted by Members of the European Parliament, will be awarded in December 2013 in Strasbourg. The laureate film will also be made available for the visually and hearing impaired and promoted by the European Parliament.
 
 
For further information
Ms Marisella Rossetti: T. +32 473 851 457, marisella.rossetti@ep.europa.eu
Mr Jindrich Pietras: T. + 32 473 852 649, jindrich.pietras@ep.europa.eu
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