The European Parliament LUX Prize is a prize given to a competing film by the European Parliament. Introduced in 2007, it is named after the unit of illuminance, "lux", which is Latin for "light". The objective of the LUX Prize is to illuminate the public debate on European integration and to facilitate the diffusion of European films in the European Union. In order to support the European film industry and help the most significant European (co)productions circulate beyond their national market, the European Parliament LUX Film Prize subtitles the 3 competing films into 24 official languages of the European Union and screens them in all the 28 EU countries during the LUX Film Days. In doing so, the European Parliament supports cultural diversity, as it brings films to audiences across Europe and encourages debate on the issues they raise. The award is a tool that shows the complexity of European identity, as it interprets and presents the realities of European successes and challenges.
|European Parliament LUX Prize|
2007 logo. The trophy is inspired by-, and the underlying concept of the award is the Tower of Babel.
|Awarded for||Excellence in illustrating the universality of European values and the diversity of European culture|
|Country||Countries eligible for the European Commission Media Programme|
|Presented by||European Parliament|
Films to be selected have to meet following criteria:
- Fiction or documentary films (may be animated)
- Minimum length of 60 minutes
- Produced or co-produced in a European Union country or in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland
- Illustrates the universality of European values and the diversity of European culture, bringing insights into the debate on the process of building Europe
- Released for the first time between May 1 of the previous year and June 1 of the current year.
For the first edition of the prize, three films were shortlisted by a 17-member panel composed mainly of people working in the cinematic professions who were appointed by the European Parliament's Culture and Education Committee. Each film is shown nine times within the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, in a 90-seat cinema room specially conceived and built for this purpose.
Selection and votingEdit
|June–July||Karlovy Vary International Film Festival,
the Czech Republic
|Launch of the Selection process||Public announcement of the 10-LUX films of the Official Selection|
|Selection of the 3 shortlist films||Announcement of the 3 films in the Official Competition|
|September||Venice Film Festival,
|Special screenings||Venice Days|
|September–November||LUX Film Days,
cities across European Union member states, candidates, European Economic Area, Switzerland
|Special screenings||Launched in 2012, the project aims to bring the screenings of the 3 finalists of the award. It is aired mainly in the cinemas that are part of the Europa Cinemas film theater networks. For most countries, the screenings are also national premieres. Screenings take place also in cooperation with film festivals:|
• Thessaloniki International Film Festival,
• Stockholm International Film Festival,
• Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival,
• Sevilla Film Festival,
• Sofia International Film Festival,
• Zagreb Film Festival.
|November||internet||final voting||Only the 754 Members of the European Parliament, who have seen all three films during the screenings or extra muros, are entitled to vote. Voting takes place electronically via the intranet site at the Parliament. The film which gains the highest number of votes is the winner.|
|November–December||the Seat of the European Parliament,
|the formal, official sitting session of parliament, Selection of the winner||LUX Prize Award Ceremony and seminar for journalists|
The producers of the ten shortlisted films are required to provide digital copies in the form of DVDs, Vimeo link, or OpenDCP for the members of the European Parliament. In 2015, the shortlisted Son of Saul was disqualified when the production team refused to provide this fearing from these copies being pirated.
The LUX Prize consists of assistance in kind in the form of subtitling and video-to-film transfer (kinescopage) of the winning film in the 23 official EU languages (including the film's original language, for the deaf and hard of hearing).
In the case that the winning film has already been sold for projection in cinemas in some countries and subtitled for the purpose, the nature of the prize (e.g. assistance with production of the DVD) will be determined by agreement between the European Parliament and the film's appointed representatives.
The trophy forming the LUX Prize's visual identity is created by the Belgian artist Jocelyne Coster and inspired by a representation of the Tower of Babel, the symbol also used by the European Parliament to indicate multilingualism and cultural diversity united in a single place and with a single goal. The trophy is presented in the plenary in Strasbourg, France to the laureate by the Parliament President in front of the MEPs, and representatives from the other films in competition.
Winners and nomineesEdit
Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold.
|Year||Result||English title||Original title||Director||Nationality of Director
(at time of film's release)
Best Foreign Language Film
|European Film Awards |
|2007||Winner||The Edge of Heaven||Auf der anderen Seite||Fatih Akın||Germany||German, Turkish, English||submission||nomination|
|Top-3 Shortlist||4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days||4 luni, 3 săptămâni şi 2 zile||Cristian Mungiu||Romania||Romanian||submission||won|
|Belle Toujours||Manoel de Oliveira||Portugal||French|
|Selection||Das Fräulein||Andrea Štaka||Switzerland||German, Swiss German dialect, Serbo-Croatian|
|Kalinovsky Squere||Ploshcha||Jury Chaščavacki||Belarus||Russian, Belarusian, English (subtitles)|
|It Happened Just Before||Kurz davor ist es passiert||Anja Salomonowitz||Austria||German|
|Iska's Journey||Iszka utazása||Csaba Bollók||Hungary||Hungarian, Romanian|
|California Dreamin'||California Dreamin' (nesfârșit)||Cristian Nemescu||Romania||Romanian, English|
|2008||Winner||Lorna's Silence||Le Silence de Lorna||Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne||Belgium||French, Italian, German|
|Top-3 Shortlist||Delta||Kornél Mundruczó||Hungary||Hungarian|
|Citizen Havel||Občan Havel||Miroslav Janek and Pavel Koutecký||Czech Republic||Czech|
|Selection||Revanche||Götz Spielmann||Austria||German, Russian|
|The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner||Светът е голям и спасение дебне отвсякъде||Stefan Komandarev||Bulgaria||Bulgarian, German, Italian, Slovenian|
|Cloud 9||Wolke Neun||Andreas Dresen||Germany||German|
|Autumn Ball||Sügisball||Veiko Õunpuu||Estonia||Estonian|
|Worlds Apart||To verdener||Niels Arden Oplev||Denmark||Danish|
|The rest of the night||Il Resto della notte||Francesco Munzi||Italy||Italian, Romanian|
|2009||Winner||Welcome||Philippe Lioret||France||French, English, Kurdish, Turkish|
|Top-3 Shortlist||Eastern Plays||Източни пиеси||Kamen Kalev||Bulgaria||Bulgarian|
|Storm||Sturm||Hans-Christian Schmid||Germany||English, German, Bosnian, Serbian|
|Selection||Pandora's Box||Pandora'nın Kutusu||Yeşim Ustaoğlu||Turkey||Turkish|
|35 Shots of Rum||35 Rhums||Claire Denis||France||French, German|
|Ander||Roberto Castón||Spain||Basque, Spanish|
|North||Nord||Rune Denstad Langlo||Norway||Norwegian|
|Katalin Varga||Peter Strickland||United Kingdom||Hungarian, Romanian|
|Lost Persons Area||Caroline Strubbe||Belgium||English, Dutch, Hungarian|
|For a Moment, Freedom||Ein Augenblick Freiheit||Francesco Munzi||Austria||English, Persian, Turkish|
- Varga Ferenc (July 24, 2015). "Deutsch Tamás sem nézheti meg laptopon a Saul fiát". Origo.
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