The LUX-approved talents at Cannes 2016

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Every year, Cannes serves as one of the biggest springboards for films to be included in the Official Selection and then selected for the three finalists for the LUX Prize. And very often, it is with great joy that we find that the talent behind these films goes back to the most important film festival in the world.

The 2016 edition of the gathering at the French Riviera will see some LUX-approved talents returning to the Croisette. Belgian directors Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne (2008 LUX Prize winners for Lorna’s Silence) will be in the Palme d’Or competition with The Unknown Girl, along with Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu (2007 LUX Prize finalist with 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days), with Graduation (Bacalaureat). Belgium’s Joachim Lafosse (selected for the 2012 LUX Prize with Our Children) will be in Directors’ Fortnight with L’Economie du Couple, along with France’s Céline Sciamma (2014 LUX Prize finalist with Girlhood), who served as screenwriter for Claude Barras’ animated film My Life as a Zucchini.

But that’s not all. While they won’t be presenting any new films, Finnish maestro Aki Kaurismäki (selected for the 2011 LUX Prize with Le Havre), Swedish filmmaker Ruben Östlund (selected for the 2011 LUX Prize with Play) and Italian actress-turned-director Valeria Golino (2013 LUX Prize finalist with Miele) will also be present at the festival. Kaurismäki will receive the honorary Carrosse d’Or at Directors’ Fortnight, Östlund will be part of the Un Certain Regard jury (chaired by Swiss actress Marthe Keller), and Golino, as well as Oscar recipient László Nemes ( in 2015 LUX Selection with Son of Saul) will serve as jurors in the main section, deciding who will take home the Palme d’Or alongside a group of renowned film professionals led by Australian director George Miller.