The LUX Prize goes to Cannes

The LUX Prize goes to Cannes

The LUX Prize 2015, which recently kicked off in Brussels with new members on its Selection Panel (read the news), is ready to move (temporarily) to sunnier climes. The French Riviera is to welcome the LUX Prize contingent during the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, which will take place from 13-24 May.
 
For starters, chair of the European Parliament Culture Committee Silvia Costa, MEP Bogdan Wenta and LUX Prize Coordinator Doris Pack will take part in several conferences and panels, such as the Europa Cinemas meeting, the French Ministry of Culture round table on “The Future of copyright in Europe”, and  the European Film Forum organised by the Creative Europe-MEDIA Programme in order to address the state of film in Europe and highlight the importance of initiatives like the LUX Prize.
 
But Cannes is, as usual, also the best possible launch pad for the European films that will possibly end up duking it out for the next LUX Prize, as well as for those movies that will shape the cinematographic season between now and next year. Europe is therefore very much present in the festival’s official selection: ten out of the 19 filmmakers who will be competing for the Palme d’Or are European (and 15 of the films are produced or co-produced by Europe), while seven filmmakers from the continent will be vying for the Un Certain Regard prize, six have films out of competition, five in the Critics’ Week and ten in the Directors’ Fortnight.
 
Amongst them are previous LUX Prize-selected filmmakers who will shortly be attending the most important film event in the world.Robert Guédiguian (LUX Prize 2011 winner with The Snows of Kilimanjaro) will be out of Competition with Don’t Tell Me the Boy Was MadMiguel Gomes (LUX Prize 2012 finalist with Tabu) will be in the Directors’ Fortnight with his Arabian Nights trilogy, Paolo Sorrentino (selected for the LUX Prize 2013 with The Great Beauty) will be in competition with YouthNanni Moretti (selected for the LUX Prize 2011 with We Have a Pope) will be in competition with Mia madre, and Sharunas Bartas (selected for the LUX Prize 2010 with Eastern Drift) will be back in the Directors’ Fortnight with his new film, Peace to Us in Our Dreams.
 
Will Cannes see the premiere of the next LUX Prize winner?