Today within the framework of the 9th edition of the ‘Venice Days’ (Giornate degli Autori) section of the Venice International Film Festival, the European Parliament unveiled the three films of the LUX Prize 2012 Competition.
Csak a szél (Just the Wind)
by Bence Fliegauf
(Hungary, Germany, France)
Io sono Li (Shun Li and the Poet)
by Andrea Segre
by Miguel Gomes
(Portugal, Germany, France, Brazil)
The Venice Days, for its 9th edition, uses the formula “nine as a multiple of three”. This simple formula perfectly fits with what we have presented today.
3X3: three films and three years of partnership
For the third year of partnership with the Venice Days (Giornate degli Autori), the European Parliament is proud to present three feature films that relate sensitive issues depicted with original approaches. The films in Competition for the LUX Prize 2012 bring a very intense and lyrical insight into diverse themes never far from the tradition of previous editions of the LUX Prize.
27x3: “27 Times Cinema” in its third edition
The three films will be presented to the 27 young cinema lovers participating in the third edition of “27 Times Cinema” during the Venice Days. Conceived together with the Venice Days and Europa Cinemas, the “27 Times Cinema” project consists of 27 young film lovers, who represent each of the 27 EU member states.
Hosted in Venice for the duration of the Festival with the support of the LUX Prize, these 27 viewers aged from 18 to 25 attend the screenings and participate in debates inspired by the topics of the films from the Venice Days and, more broadly, from European cinema.
The meetings involve directors, authors, film professionals and Members of the European Parliament. Every day, a blog and a recording of the meeting are published by the official media partner Cineuropa.org.
6 x LUX
In its sixth edition, the LUX Prize reflects the European Parliament’s initiative to support cultural and linguistic diversity and the belief that it can serve as a bridge among Europeans. It becomes a source of inspiration for debates on Europe, its values and contradictions, and its future.
The LUX Prize is a tangible symbol of the European Parliament’s commitment to the European film industry and its creative endeavors. It pursues two main objectives: spotlighting the public debate on the European Union (EU) project and values and supporting circulation of European productions within the Union.
3x23x27 the LUX FILM DAYS
“Today, by launching the third edition of 27 Times Cinema and unveiling the three films competing for the LUX Prize 2012, we untie the mooring lines of a vessel which will navigate throughout the European Union. Starting in Venice, these 3 films will travel through the 27 Member States as part of the first LUX FILM DAYS. We strongly believe that the stories told by European Cinema will aid understanding between European citizens, from the Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean. In these troubled times, better mutual understanding between nations and citizens is increasingly important. This is why sharing the same cultural event and discussion of common issues could be a way to build bridges between people.” Doris Pack, Chairwoman of the Committee on Culture and Education of the European Parliament
It will be a challenge: the three films of the LUX Prize Competition subtitled in the 23 official EU languages will be screened in the 27 Member States during the first edition of the LUX FILM DAYS.
From the beginning of October to 20 November, the European Parliament and its LUX Prize want to invite the largest number of Europeans possible to experience a common journey to discover the diversity and richness of European cinema and also to debate the topics raised by the films.
3 to 1 LUX Prize 2012 Award
“Our cinema is the mirror of a pluralistic Europe, which shows its poetry and difficulties through the sensibility of writers, directors and performers. Increasingly, European films tell our changing societies, the encounters between diverse, new cohabitations, floating between dialogue and misunderstanding. Voting for the LUX Prize is for us Members of the Parliament a preparatory exercise for the important decisions that we will take in the forthcoming months in support of European cinema, and in particular on the Creative Europe program, on which I am rapporteur. I feel the responsibility of being rapporteur, with the aim to defend an important form of expression of our identity.” Silvia Costa, member of the Committee on Culture and Education of the European Parliament, Rapporteur for “Creative Europe”
Members of the European Parliament, after watching the films, will vote for one of the three films in Competition. On 21 November the LUX Prize winner will be officially awarded during a formal sitting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg in presence of the filmmakers.
In order to enhance bonds with the public audience participating in the LUX FILM DAYS and allow them to express their support for one of the three films, a special Public Audience Mention will also be announced during the LUX Prize Award.
In addition to providing the subtitles and a copy (DCP or 35mm) of the three films of the LUX FILM DAYS, the winning film of the LUX Prize will benefit from the adaptation of at least the original language for the hearing and visually impaired and supported with tailored promotion in the Member States through cross-media access.