Tackling Europe and tickling Europeans: the LUX FILM DAYS continue to cross borders

The LUX Prize finalists have already started their screenings for MEPs – which means the ceremony is getting closer (December 11, Strasbourg) – but they are far from ending their journey across Europe. The LUX FILM DAYS will continue until early next year, with the Bologna screenings that will close this first round of screenings.
 
Finland, Denmark, Germany, Portugal and Romania are among the latest countries that hosted the event. The members of the 28 Times Cinema, who attended the screenings, report on how the journey is developing.
 
Reporting from Helsinki, Marja Pihlaja states that the three screenings were crowded with mostly young people, and not only from Finland. The event was part of the Lens Politica Festival, a event focused on social cinema and art whose main goal is to work as an initiator of debate and offer a platform for societal thinking and statements – the perfect environment for the LUX Prize screenings.
 
At the other point of the Nordic countries, Copenhagen hosted the second part of the screenings – The Broken Circle Breakdown had already screened a month ago. According to Charlotte Uldall, they managed to cause a better reaction. The Selfish Giant, specially, left the audience wanting for more, and the Q&A held after the film with producer Tracy O’Riordan had a huge participation from the eager public. Barnard’s film was described as “an extremely tough film that contained immense beauty and seemed incredibly authentic.”
 
Berlin’s screenings took place in the culture center Kulturbrauerei. A packed theatre watched the screenings, which were followed by a discussion panel with MEP Doris Pack, Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel Peter Paul Huth and 28 Times Cinema member Lola Klamroth. As Klamroth reports, the public showed their strong involvement with the initiative by participating in the discussion, talking about the LUX Prize, Wim Wenders’ crucial support or the issues the films tackle – “it’s about films of Europe, not its politics”, Huth firmly stated.
 
The films also hit Southern Europe. Portugal, namely Lisbon’s Cinematheque, hosted the screenings, attended by a mostly young and international audience, and including special presentations and cocktails, as Gonçalo Malaquias reports.
 
Bucharest welcomed the three films at the Europe House with a meeting with film critic Irina Nistor, LUX Ambassador for Romania Stefan Aganencei and more bloggers and journalists. Also, the screening of Miele was followed by a debate on European films.
 
Stay tuned if the LUX FILM DAYS haven’t hit your country yet – because they will definitely do!
 
Photo: LUX FILM DAYS in Vienna © Viennale/Alexi Pelekanos