Slovenia, Bulgaria and Italy have also welcomed the LUX FILM DAYS

Slovenia, Bulgaria and Italy have also welcomed the LUX FILM DAYS

The three candidates for the 2015 LUX Film Prize have been travelling around Europe since 19 October, aiming to visit more than 40 cities across all the EU Member States. After LUX Prize Award Ceremony in Strasbourg (24 November), which crowned Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang, the Turkish-French co-production and the two other finalists – Jonas Carpignano’s Mediterranea and Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov’s The Lesson – will keep on touring the continent until the end of January. So far they have reached already almost every country within the European Union; some of the latest being Slovenia, Bulgaria and Italy.
 
As reported by Maja Šetinc, the audiences in Slovenia could attend several screenings of the LUX Film Days over a whole month, in four different cities: the capital Ljubljana, Celje, Domžale and Izola. As a LUX Ambassador and the Slovenian representative for 28 Times Cinema, Šetinc was invited to give a speech and make a presentation before one of the screenings, attended by European Parliament assistant Karmer Bučar. The main event of the LUX Film Days in Slovenia took place on 13 November, at the cinema Kinodvor in Ljubljana, with a round-table discussion formed by MEP Tanja Fajon and different researchers on the topic of migration, held after the screening of Mediterranea. “In general, the Slovenian audience showed a lot of interest in the LUX Prize films. The screening of Mediterranea in Ljubljana was sold out days before it took place. Also, in other cinemas there was hardly any seat unoccupied. Films attracted diverse audiences, not only filmmakers and politicians, but lots of students as well”.
 
Cinema House in Sofia put a spotlight on the Lux Prize for the fourth time in Bulgaria and for the fourth time it became a hotspot for young people to watch, debate and consider European problems of their own, according to Bulgarian 28 Times Cinema member and LUX Ambassador Stefan Prohorov: “The three nominated films, made a huge impression on young people, since the problems they explored seemed so close to everything they can hear on the news. It was the political adequacy of these films that actually made the biggest impression”. Being a local title, the screening of The Lesson became the most interesting event, which was followed by a discussion with its director Petar Valchanov, MEP Svetoslav Malinov and the two participants of the 28 Times Cinema program – Martin Dangov and Prohorov himself.
 
Italian 28 Times Cinema member and LUX Ambassador Francesco Pierucci informed from the Beltrade Theatre in Milan, were the opening screening of Mustang triggered “a very intense discussion about the role of Turkey into the EU”, between the audience and Marta Ottaviani, a correspondent journalist from that country. A couple of days later, Pierucci had the chance to introduce the screening of the Bulgarian production and talk about his role as a 28 Times Cinema jury in Venice. Lastly, on 16 December, Jonas Carpignano presented his own movie via Skype, in front of a delegation from the community of Refugees Welcome Italia, who “enriched the emotional charge of the evening”.
 
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LUX Film Days in Italy/Milano
LUX Film Days in Italy/Milano
LUX Film Days in Italy/Milano