The 7th edition of the LUX Prize kicks off today!

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The film prize of the European Parliament presents to its Members three feature films that bring a very intense insight into sensitive themes, all at the heart of topical European issues.

It is the first time that two female directors, UK’s Clio Barnard and Italy’s Valeria Golino, compete for the LUX Prize. Along with them is the young but already established Flemish talent Felix van Groeningen.

It is also the first time a British production gets in competition: Barnard’s The Selfish Giant. Originally premiered at Cannes’ sidebar section Directors' Fortnight in Cannes, the film has been described by the critics as one of the best British films of the year: "a truthful movie that touches the heart".

Miele is the feature debut of actress-turned-director Valeria Golino. The very controversial subject of euthanasia is depicted with modesty and sensitivity. The film premiered at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard, and was awarded the Audience Prize at the Brussels Film Festival.

Acclaimed Belgian director Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown has deeply moved audiences all over. The films kicked off its successful festival career at the Berlinale, where it won the Panorama Audience Award and the Europa Cinemas Label. It is also the Belgian entry for the Oscars.

Golino’s Miele (Italy, France), Van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium), and Barnard’s The Selfish Giant (United Kingdom) are travelling to all Member-States as part of the LUX FILM DAYS: 3 films – 24 languages – 28 European countries, from the end of October until December.

The event includes the screenings and debates.  It is a mean to depict the cultural diversity of the European Parliament.

For the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), who will vote for their favourite film, a Video on Demand (VOD) service with EGEDA FILMOTECH is available from November 4 to December 10. For the first time ever, the VOD service is available with subtitles in 23 languages.

In Brussels, there will be two special screenings on November 7 and 13, in cooperation with the BOZAR.

And from November 25 to December 6, two weeks of screenings will take place inside the European Parliament, in Brussels, in the LUX Theatre in the VOX BOX area (screening schedule to follow).

After watching the films, MEPs are asked to vote for one of the three films in competition. The vote has to be cast by December 10, 23.55. On December 11, the LUX Prize 2013 winner will be officially awarded in Strasbourg in presence of the three filmmakers.

We hope that you will like and actively participate in this new edition of the LUX Prize Competition!