The LUX Prize selected films run for the Oscars

The LUX Prize selected films run for the Oscars

The awards season kicks off for the LUX Prize films. The 88th American Academy Awards, which will be given out in a ceremony in Los Angeles on 28 February, are already receiving the candidates to represent countries in the Best Foreign-language Film category. And three of the LUX Prize official selection films will be submitted to vie for the statuette: Grímur Hákonarson’s Rams, László NemesSon of Saul and Dalibor Matanic’s The High Sun.
 
Hákonarson’s Rams, which was launched at Cannes, going on to win the Un Certain Regard Award, will be Iceland’s official submission for the nomination, as announced by the Icelandic Film and TV Academy. The film – which was also scripted by Hákonarson – follows two brothers who live side by side in the remote valley of Bárdardalur, but who have not spoken in 40 years. Now they must come together to save what is dearest to them: their sheep stock and prized rams.
 
Having caused a real sensation at Cannes as well – where it snagged the Grand Prix and the FIPRESCI Prize in the competition, as well as the François Chalais Prize and the CST’s (Senior Technical Committee of Image and Sound) Vulcan Award, while at the same time being sold all over the world – Son of Saul, Nemes’ first feature film, is to represent Hungary in the race. The film delves to the heart of a Sonderkommando unit in Auschwitz in 1944 with a stunning degree of intensity
 
Croatia selected another LUX Prize finalist: Dalibor Matanić's The High Sun. Also a winner in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard, where it took home the Jury Prize, the film portraits three different love stories, set in three consecutive decades, in two neighbouring Balkan villages burdened with a long history of inter-ethnic hatred: this is a film about the dangers - and the enduring strength - of forbidden love.
 
Lastly, Greece has selected Panos H. KoutrasXenia as the Oscar submission. The film, revolving around a quest of two brothers in search of their identity and their past through contemporary Greece, was included in last year’s LUX Prize official selection.
 
Nine films will be shortlisted for the Best Foreign-language Film category one week before the unveiling of the nominees on 14 January 2016. Last year, it was the LUX Prize winner Ida, by Pawel Pawlikowski, the chosen film to take home the Oscar. Will one of these touching stories make it that far this year as well?