The 10 films of the 2016 LUX FILM PRIZE Official Selection have been revealed today at the 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

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The 10 films, which appealed to the taste of the LUX FILM PRIZE Selection Panel, represent one of the most diverse line-ups ever portrayed in the 10 years of the LUX FILM PRIZE. 
 
Indeed, this year marks the 10th anniversary of the LUX FILM PRIZE, and the 10 films unveiled today showcase our desire to embrace an unpredictable variety of genre and tones from all the corners of Europe.
 
Here they are (in alphabetical order):
 
Official Selection 2016
 

More about the 10 films...

4 of the films focus on conflicts or contemporary revolutionary trends.
 
À peine j’ouvre les yeux takes us across the Mediterranean and shows us a young generation stuck between hope and love for their own country and repression and despair.
A Syrian Love Story is the only documentary of the Selection. Filmed over a period of 5 years, it is a remarkable and human portrayal, which puts you into the shoes of a family living through the Syrian revolution and war, then becoming refugees. It portrays the fight for not falling apart and for maintaining hope for generations to come.
Cartas Da Guerra is a poetic, tender and intense mirror of our colonialist heritage, a human kaleidoscope of the Angolan war from the ever evolving point of view of a sensitive doctor, who needs to stay in touch with his pregnant wife still in Portugal. It is a moving, inspiring black and white epistolary film, which deserves to be seen.
Krigen is the Danish remarkable entry from last year’s Oscars, and it questions the limits of the international presence in Afghanistan, though not exclusively. It also addresses the effects of war at every level: the military and the locals, wives, families at home, children. And with a clinical sobriety, it digs into some very deep ethical issues related to the double standards of war. 
 
These beautiful and engaged films focusing on current global issues are balanced with slightly more humorous, yet equally challenging films. 
 
From the bittersweet and delightful stop motion animation Ma vie de Courgette (the second ever animation film to appear in the LUX selection over the last 10 years), discovered and loved at the Directors fortnight, to the  beauty and touching portrayal of the female characters in L’Avenir and Pazza Gioia. In both films, the women are the driving force of these two intelligent, elegant and humorous dramas. 
 
In the same vein, Toni Erdmann, acclaimed but surprisingly not awarded at the last Cannes Film Festival, is a perfect depiction of the effect of managerial culture on social relationships, but filled with touching comic and outrageous situations.
 
In this cynical humor wave of LUX films, we also have Sieranevada, which could be considered a comedy dressed up as a drama, being for more than 2 and a half hours a very serious film, politically questioning, but filled with mordant criticism of human and political relations.
Last but not least Suntan, a coming-of-middle-age film, which will succeed in getting a smile out of all viewers over 35. A bitter and cynical smile…
 
2 features inspired by books: Cartas da Guerra is based on António Lobo Antunes’ book while the first feature of Claude Barras Ma vie de Courgette, where we see the talented Céline Sciamma (Bande de Filles, LUX 2014) adapt the script of the book Autobiographie d’une courgette by Gilles Paris.
 
3 female directors: Leyla Bouzid, Mia Hansen-Løve, Maren Ade.
 
1 first feature by young and promising director: Leyla Bouzid
 
The Official Selection was revealed by Michaela Šojdrová, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education of the European Parliament; Martina Dlabajová, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Budgetary Control; Julie Ward and Bogdan Wenta Member of the Committee on Culture and Education, and Doris Pack, LUX Film Prize Coordinator, in partnership with the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
 

The Audience Mention goes to MUSTANG by Deniz Gamze Ergüven

Today, the film of the 2015 LUX Film Prize Competition which received the highest number of votes from the audiences across Europe has also been announced –the acclaimed LUX PRIZE Winner MUSTANG by Deniz Gamze Ergüven. Among the voters, Roumiana Vasileva Zlateva from Bulgaria, was randomly selected from all participants and invited to the Karlovy Vary film festival to announce the Mention. 
 

The LUX Film Prize Competition and the LUX Film Days

Of the 10 films of the Official Selection, 3 entries will be selected and announced at the Venice Days press conference in Rome at the end of July 2016 as LUX Film Prize Competition. These films will compete to be the winner of the 2016 LUX Film Prize, and will become the core of the 2016 LUX Film Days. For the first time, this years’ LUX Film Days will be marked by the cooperation between the Parliament Information offices and the Creative Europe MEDIA Desks, to strengthen visibility and enlarge the audience. 
 
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 2016 LUX Film Prize winner will be awarded on November 23rd in Strasbourg. The winning film will also be made available for the visually and hearing-impaired and promoted by the European Parliament.