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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
Lux Prize logo.png
2007 logo. The trophy is inspired by-, and the underlying concept of the award is the Tower of Babel.
Awarded forExcellence in illustrating the universality of European values and the diversity of European culture
CountryCountries eligible for the European Commission Media Programme
Presented byEuropean Parliament
First awarded2007

Award processEdit

Selection criteriaEdit

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.

Preselection panelEdit

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

Date Place Result Notes
February Selection starts
June–July Karlovy Vary International Film Festival,
Karlovy Vary,
the Czech Republic
Launch of the Selection process Public announcement of the 10-LUX films of the Official Selection
September Rome,
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.[1]

The prizeEdit

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)
Language Academy Awards
Best Foreign Language Film
European Film Awards
Best Film
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
Tricks Sztuczki Andrzej Jakimowski   Poland Polish
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


Year Result English title Original title Director Nationality of Director
(at time of film's release)
Language Academy Awards
Best Foreign Language Film
European Film Awards
Best Film
2010 Winner When We Leave Die Fremde Feo Aladag   Austria [2] German, Turkish
Top-3 Shortlist Akadimia Platonos Ακαδημία Πλάτωνος Filippos Tsitos   Greece Greek, Albanian, German
Illégal Olivier Masset-Depasse   Belgium [3] French
Selection Medal of Honor Medalia de onoare Calin Peter Netzer   Romania Romanian
The Mouth of the Wolf La bocca del lupo Pietro Marcello   Italy Italian
Lourdes Jessica Hausner   Austria French
I Am Love Io sono l'amore Luca Guadagnino   Italy Italian
Bibliothèque Pascal Szabolcs Hajdu   Hungary Romanian, English, Hungarian
R Tobias Lindholm, Michael Noer   Denmark Danish, Arabic
Eastern Drift Eurazijos aborigenas Šarūnas Bartas   Lithuania French, Lithuanian, Russian
2011 Winner The Snows of Kilimanjaro Les Neiges du Kilimandjaro Robert Guédiguian   France French
Top-3 Shortlist Attenberg Athina Rachel Tsangari   Greece Greek
Play Ruben Östlund   Sweden Swedish
Selection Mysteries of Lisbon Mistérios de Lisboa Raúl Ruiz   Portugal Portuguese, French, English
Le Havre Aki Kaurismäki   Finland French
The Turin Horse A torinói ló Béla Tarr   Hungary Hungarian
Morgen Marian Crişan   Romania Romanian, Hungarian, Turkish
Essential Killing Jerzy Skolimowski   Poland English, Polish, Arabic
We Have a Pope Habemus Papam Nanni Moretti   Italy Italian
Pina Wim Wenders   Germany German, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Slovenian, Korean, Spanish
2012 Winner Shun Li and the Poet Io sono Li Andrea Segre   Italy Italian, Mandarin
Top-3 Shortlist Just the Wind Csak a szél Benedek Fliegauf   Hungary
Tabu Miguel Gomes   Portugal
Selection Caesar Must Die Cesare deve morire Vittorio Taviani, Paolo Taviani   Italy nomination
Children of Sarajevo Djeca Aida Begić   Bosnia and Herzegovina
Barbara Christian Petzold   Germany submission nomination
Crulic: The Path to Beyond Crulic - Drumul spre dincolo Anca Damian   Romania
Louise Wimmer Cyril Mennegun   France
Sister L'Enfant d'en haut Ursula Meier   France
Our Children À perdre la raison Joachim Lafosse   Belgium
2013 Winner The Broken Circle Breakdown Felix Van Groeningen   Belgium Dutch nomination nomination
Top-3 Shortlist Miele Valeria Golino   Italy
The Selfish Giant Clio Barnard   United Kingdom
Selection Fortress Pevnost Lukáš Kokeš, Klára Tasovská   Czech Republic
A Coffee In Berlin Oh Boy! Jan Ole Gerster   Germany nomination
The Plague La Plaga Neus Ballús   Spain
The Great Beauty La grande bellezza Paolo Sorrentino   Italy
Circles Кругови Srdan Golubovic   Serbia
In Bloom გრძელი ნათელი დღეები Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Groß   Georgia   Germany
Eat Sleep Die Äta sova dö Gabriela Pichler   Sweden
2014 Winner Ida Paweł Pawlikowski   Poland Polish, French, Latin won won
Top-3 Shortlist Class Enemy Razredni sovražnik Rok Biček   Slovenia
Girlhood Bande de filles Céline Sciamma   France
Selection White God Fehér isten Kornél Mundruczó   Hungary
Beautiful Youth Hermosa juventud Jaime Rosales   Spain
Stations of the Cross Kreuzweg Dietrich Brüggemann   Germany
The Wonders Le meraviglie Alice Rohrwacher   Italy
Macondo Sudabeh Mortezai   Austria
Force Majeure Turist Ruben Östlund   Sweden
Xenia Panos H. Koutras   Greece
2015 Winner Mustang Deniz Gamze Ergüven   Turkey Turkish nomination nomination
Top-3 Shortlist Mediterranea Jonas Carpignano   Italy
The Lesson Урок Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov   Bulgaria
Selection Rams Hrútar Grímur Hákonarson   Iceland
45 Years Andrew Haigh   United Kingdom
A Perfect Day Un día perfecto Fernando León de Aranoa   Spain
The Measure of a Man La Loi du marché Stéphane Brizé   France
Son of Saul Saul fia László Nemes   Hungary German, Hungarian, Polish, Yiddish, Russian, Slovak, Czech, Greek won
Toto and His Sisters Toto si surorile lui Alexander Nanau   Romania
The High Sun Zvizdan Dalibor Matanić   Croatia
2016 Winner Toni Erdmann Maren Ade   Germany [4] German, English, Romanian won won
Top-3 Shortlist As I Open My Eyes À Peine J'Ouvre Les Yeux Leyla Bouzid   Tunisia
My Life as a Courgette Ma Vie de Courgette Claude Barras    Switzerland
Selection A War Krigen Tobias Lindholm   Denmark
Things to Come L'Avenir Mia Hansen-Løve   France
Sieranevada Cristi Puiu   Romania
Like Crazy La pazza gioia Paolo Virzi   Italy
A Syrian Love Story Sean McAllister   United Kingdom
Letters from War Cartas da Guerra Ivo Ferreira   Portugal
Suntan Argyris Papadimitropoulos   Greece
2017 Winner Sami Blood Sameblod Amanda Kernell   Sweden[5] Swedish, South Sami
Top-3 Shortlist BPM (Beats per Minute) 120 battements par minute Robin Campillo   France French
Western Valeska Grisebach   Germany German, Bulgarian
Selection A Ciambra Jonas Carpignano   Italy Italian
Glory Слава Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov   Bulgaria Bulgarian
Heartstone Hjartasteinn Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson   Iceland Icelandic
King of the Belgians Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth   Belgium   United States English, Flemish, French, Bulgarian
Summer 1993 Estiu 1993 Carla Simón   Spain Catalan
The Last Family Ostatnia rodzina Jan P. Matuszynski   Poland Polish
The Other Side of Hope Toivon tuolla puolen Aki Kaurismäki   Finland Finnish, English, Arabic
2018 Winner Woman at War Kona fer í stríð Benedikt Erlingsson   Iceland Icelandic, Spanish, English, Ukrainian
Top-3 Shortlist The Other Side of Everything Druga strana svega Mila Turajlić   Serbia
Styx Wolfgang Fischer   Austria
Selection Border Gräns Ali Abbasi   Denmark
Girl Lukas Dhont   Belgium
Mug Twarz Małgorzata Szumowska   Poland Polish
Utøya: July 22 Utøya 22. juli Erik Poppe   Norway
Donbass Донбас Sergei Loznitsa   Ukraine submission
Happy as Lazzaro Lazzaro felice Alice Rohrwacher   Italy nomination
The Silence of Others El silencio de otros Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar   Spain   United States
2019 Top-3 Shortlist God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunija Gospod postoi, imeto i' e Petrunija Teona Strugar Mitevska   North Macedonia
The Realm El reino Rodrigo Sorogoyen   Spain Spanish
Cold Case Hammarskjöld Mads Brügger   Denmark
Selection Clergy Kler Wojciech Smarzowski   Poland Polish
Her Job I douleia tis Nikos Labôt   France
Honeyland Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov   North Macedonia
Invisibles Les invisibles Louis-Julien Petit   France
Ray & Liz Richard Billingham   United Kingdom English
System Crasher Systemsprenger Nora Fingscheidt   Germany German
The Man Who Surprised Everyone Человек, который удивил всех Natasha Merkulova, Aleksey Chupov   Russia Russian

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit


  1. ^ Varga Ferenc (July 24, 2015). "Deutsch Tamás sem nézheti meg laptopon a Saul fiát". Origo.
  2. ^ European Parliament - News - Parliament's 2010 LUX Cinema Prize goes to "Die Fremde" Archived 2010-11-09 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ European Parliament - News - 2010 LUX Prize finalists Archived 2015-02-15 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ European Parliament - News - “Toni Erdmann” - winner of the 10th LUX Film Prize
  5. ^ European Parliament - News - The LUX Prize goes to Sámi Blood