Three films to compete for the LUX Prize 2014

The newly elected President of the of the Committee on Culture, Mrs Silvia Costa, via a video message from Brussels,  today announced at the press conference of the Venice Days (Giornate degli Autori) the three contending films to run for the LUX Prize 2014.
 
Directors will attend the upcoming Venice Film Festival to present the three films:
CLASS ENEMY (RAZREDNI SOVRAZNIK), by Rok Bi?ek – Slovenia
GIRLHOOD (BANDE DE FILLES), by Céline Sciamma – France
IDA, by Pawel Pawlikowski Poland, Denmark.
 
The 3 films in Competition for the LUX Prize of the European Parliament, which is partnered with Venice Days for the fifth year, will start travelling from Venice across the whole of Europe, thanks to the LUX FILM DAYS from mid-October to December 2014. The 3 films will be subtitled into the 24 official EU languages?? and will be screened in more than 40 cities and 18 festivals allowing each year a larger number of Europeans to discover or re-watch the 3 films. 
 
Herein lies the uniqueness of the initiative of the European Parliament: on one hand it creates the conditions of sharing and belonging to a European public space, by  discussing the same topic (the films in competition and the themes evoked by them) in the same australian pokies online place (a city in each Member State) and at the same time; on the other hand, given the linguistic fragmentation of the European territory, it allows citizens to watch the films in their own language. In general, very few European films have the possibility to cross language barriers and to meet the public for which they were made on such a scale.
 
THE 3 FILMS OF THE LUX PRIZE OFFICIAL COMPETITION – FOCUS ON YOUTH
 
The landscapes portrayed by the 3 very diverse directors are extremely multi-faceted and emblematic of contemporary issues and offer a richness in the variety of stylistic approaches. A small European kaleidoscope that consists of the first film of a director under-35 (BICEK), an acclaimed international success (PAWLIKOWSKI) and a female director (SCIAMMA) whose talent is among the most original across the Hexagone.
 
Rok Bicek goes back to Lido with the LUX Prize, as was the case of Andrea Segre in 2012 and Athina Tsangari in 2010. His debut film, Class enemy, enters the microcosm of a high school class which faces up with a particularly severe new Professor. Céline Sciamma, with her third film Girlhood, reflects on the relationship between adolescents and authority, highlighting a different type of femininity through the portrait of a gang of sixteen years old girls of the Parisian banlieu. The film opened the Directors' Fortnight in Cannes and has not been screened yet in Italy. With Ida, Pawel Pawlikowski turns his sight to a black and white Europe portraying a young Polish orphan at the beginning of the '60s. Having grown up in a convent, the film follows her as she starts questioning her faith.
 
With this selection which, despite its eclecticism, shows a common red line through a focus on youth, the LUX Prize enters its 8th edition.
 
The 3 finalist films will be subtitled in the 24 official languages ??of the European Union, while the winning film, voted for by the Members of the European Parliament, will be adapted for visually and hearing impaired and supported through promotion during its international release.
 
The newly elected Parliament will face major political and social challenges in the coming years and the LUX Prize has been proved to be an effective tool of communication with the public. "European cinema" is able to overcome national barriers and to convey a dialogue on today’s Europe, highlighting its limits and its contradictions, but also promoting its values ??and offering new ideas on the future.
 
28 Times Cinema and LUX Film Days
 
We celebrate the 5th edition of the project "28 Times Cinema" promoted by the LUX Prize of the European Parliament with Venice Days, Europa Cinemas and in collaboration with Cineuropa.
 
Thanks to this initiative, once more the Lido will be discovered by 28 young film enthusiasts, aged between 18 and 26 years, who will compose the jury of the Venice Days. 28 as the Member States, they will feed discussions with filmmakers, film critics and professionals involved in the project.
 
In parallel to their duties as jurors, the 28 will be devoted to the exploration of the new edition of the LUX Prize, viewing and discussing the 3 finalists with their directors and the members of the European Parliament present in Venice.
 
Venice will be also be the starting point for  the participants of "28 Times Cinema" as they will then become "ambassadors" of the LUX across Europe, working in their respective countries to promote the 3rd edition of the LUX FILM DAYS.
 
In the same period all 751 members of the European Parliament will be invited to vote for one of three films in competition. On December 17, the winner of the LUX Prize will be announced at the formal sitting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg in the presence of the three directors.
 
The audience will once again have its say: during the entire duration of the LUX Film Days, viewers will be invited to express themselves through a special mention on one of the three films in competition. For the second year, one of the voters will be randomly chosen and be rewarded with an invitation to the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2015. 
 
The previous LUX Prize winners have been The Broken Circle Breakdown, by Felix van Groeningen (2013),  Io sono Li by Andrea Segre (2012),  Les Neiges du Kilimandjaro by Robert Guédiguian (2011), Die Fremde by Feo Aladag (2010), Welcome by Philippe Lioret (2009),  Le silence de Lorna by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (2008) and Auf der anderen Seite by Fatih Akin (2007).
 
The 3 contending films are part of the LUX Prize 2014 Official Selection
 
The 3 films in Competition are part of the LUX Prize Official Selection which was unveiled at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival on 6 July. The 10 films of the LUX Prize 2014 Official Selection are as follows (in alphabetical order):

  1. BANDE DE FILLES (GIRLHOOD), by Céline Sciamma – France
  2. FEHER ISTEN (WHITE GOD), by Kornél Mundruczó – Hungary, Germany, Sweden
  3. HERMOSA JUVENTUD (BEAUTIFUL YOUTH), by Jaime Rosales – Spain, France
  4. IDA, by Pawel Pawlikowski – Poland, Denmark
  5. KREUZWEG (STATIONS OF THE CROSS), by Dietrich Brüggemann – Germany, France
  6. LE MERAVIGLIE (THE WONDERS), by Alice Rohrwacher – Italy, Switzerland, Germany
  7. MACONDO, by Sudabeh Mortezai – Austria
  8. RAZREDNI SOVRAZNIK (CLASS ENEMY), by Rok Bi?ek – Slovenia
  9. TURIST (FORCE MAJEURE), by Ruben Östlund – Sweden, Denmark, France, Norway
  10. XENIA, by Panos H. Koutras – Greece, France, Belgium