European Parliament LUX Prize 2010 Winner Die Fremde to be screened in all the Member States during May

European Parliament LUX Prize 2010 Winner Die Fremde to be screened in all the Member States during May

Feo Aladag’s first full-length film, Die Fremde (When We Leave), which won the LUX Prize 2010, will be shown free of charge in the 23 official languages and the 27 Member States of the European Union during the month of May celebrating Europe Day. Partners of this event are Goethe Institute, Europa Cinemas and Euro Cine 27 backed by the European Commission.

The LUX Prize set out to break down the language barriers that prevent European films from being distributed across the continent and seeks to take up the challenge of finding new forms of communication with citizens, making European cinema one of the most powerful mirrors of debate amongst the thousands of faces in a pluralistic Europe.

The LUX Prize, awarded by the European Parliament since 2007, covers the cost of subtitling the winning film in at least the 23 EU official languages – including an adaptation of the original version for visually- or hearing-impaired people – and provide a copy of the film par Member States.

The aim of such an event is to create a European public space – a time and place where you, together with other European citizens, will have an opportunity to think about and discuss an issue of shared interest.

Die Fremde (When We Leave) looks at the issue of honour crimes. These are acts of violence generally committed against women or girls by family members because they are seen to have ‘tarnished’ the family’s honour.

"It is such an extraordinary event to have our film Die Fremde screened in all European Member States, in 43 cities, at the same time! -says the film director Feo Aladag- I feel very honoured to be given such a unique possibility for my film to be seen and for the issues raised by the film to be discussed. I wanted to raise questions and tell a story about the incredible tragedy of missed opportunities in reaching out to one another. We all live in a multicultural society which can no longer rest on promoting consensus but must rather find new ways in dealing with arising divergence and that will only happen with ongoing dialogue and allowing ourselves to be being guided by our similarities rather than by our differences. The LUX Prize is an essential bridge between national identities and beyond. The European Parliament's commitment to culture and education is of such great importance and the wonderful opportunity of those screenings in all European Member States of Die Fremde is so very special to us because it lets all Europeans profit of the same cultural good."

Providing a forum for people from different parts of Europe to give their reactions and exchange views – in a unity of action, time and place – is one way of seeking an answer to the question ‘What does being a European citizen mean in today’s world?’

Watch the video of the Vice Presidents of the European Parliament, Mr Stavros Lambrinidis and Mrs Isabelle Durant, and of the President of the Committee on Culture and Education, Mrs Doris Pack.

In order to apply for free tickets, please refers to the nearest Information Office of the European Parliament by clicking the following address and subscribe for the screening:

In partnership with Goethe-Institut, Europa Cinemas, EuroCine 27, Media Partner, Cineuropa.

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