The Broken Circle Breakdown and The Selfish Giant warm up Brussels

Felix van Groeningen’s emotional melodrama The Broken Circle Breakdown and Clio Barnard’s sharp social drama The Selfish Giant, two of the three LUX Prize finalists, warmed up Brussels’ BOZAR last night.
The first two screenings of the LUX FILM DAYS enjoyed great attendance. The films were introduced by BOZAR director Paul Dujardin and European Parliament vice-president Isabelle Durant.
Dujardin praised the initiative, stating BOZAR’s pride “to be a platform where it is possible to have democratic debates” about films, politics and society. He also addressed the 2013 European Year of Citizens, dedicated to the rights that come with EU citizenship, something these films directly address.
Durant pointed out that even though “it is not easy to talk about Europe and take the European debate to art”, the LUX Prize intends to do so by “touching the viewers’ souls and sharing similar emotions all across Europe.” Indeed, that was happening last night as three other countries - Austria, Greece and Sweden - were simultaneously hosting LUX finalist screenings.
The audience’s reaction to the films encompassed a wide variety of opinions due to their very opposite nature. The Broken Circle Breakdown was described as a moving and compelling watch that succesfully makes a point about the struggle between science and religion, while The Selfish Giant was referred to as a tough fable that shows another side of our society that is now becoming more visible.
The public, who enjoyed a cocktail between the two screenings, is now able to vote for the Public Mention.
BOZAR will hold the screening of the third finalist, Valeria Golino’s Miele, on Wednesday, November 13.

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