The LUX family starts packing for Cannes

The LUX family starts packing for Cannes

If you are a cinephile, you have probably been waiting for this moment for a long time: the 71st Cannes Film Festival line-up is finally (completely) unveiled!

The festival will welcome a wide array of films fresh out of the oven –no less than 95 feature films, including all of the titles its various selections– that will make the world film industry’s gaze turn to the Croisette from 9 to 18 May.

As usual, the LUX Prize family will show up at the event. The directors whose films are part of the archives of the European Parliament’s film prize are always glad to go back to the most important film festival in the world – and this edition is no different.

In the Palme d’Or competition, a LUX Prize winner shines brightly: Pawel Pawlikowski returns with Cold War, the follow-up to 2014 Winner Ida, and competes for the first time for the coveted prize with yet another look at the past of Europe. Stéphane Brizé, present in the 2015 Official Selection with The Measure of a Man, is back with yet another film plunging into workers’ rights in France, At War. Alice Rohrwacher, included in the 2014 Official Selection with The Wonders, is also back in the competition with her new film Happy as Lazzaro, which delves once again into to the poetry of a rural and fantastic Italy.

On the other hand, the Un Certain Regard section is welcoming Valeria Golino, whose directorial debut Miele was a LUX Prize finalist in 2013, with her new effort behind the camera, Euphoria, following two distant brothers who rediscover their bonds. And Wim Wenders, whose documentary Pina was in the 2011 LUX Prize Official Selection, will be back, this time Out of Competition, with his documentary about the current Pope, Pope Francis: A Man of His Word.

Out of the Official Selection, in the Directors’ Fortnight, Jaime Rosales is presenting his new film Petra, about a family whose secrets unravel pushing every relative to the limit, after his 2014 LUX Prize Official Selection title Beautiful Youth.

But not only these LUX Prize family members will be present at this year’s edition of the festival. The juries are also welcoming the talent endorsed by the European Parliament: Ursula Meier (2012 Official Selection with Sister) will chair the Caméra d’Or jury –tasked with singling out the best feature debut in the Official Selection, the Directors’ Fortnight and the Critics’ Week–, Robert Guédiguian (2011 Winner with The Snows of Kilimanjaro) will be part of the official jury –in charge of assigning the Palme d’Or–, and Nahuel Pérez Biscayart (who starred in last year’s LUX Prize finalist BPM (Beats Per Minute)) will take part in the Critics’ Week jury. Furthermore, Cristian Mungiu (2007 Finalist with 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days) will be the godfather of La Fabrique Cinéma, thus lending his support to the ten projects from southern countries selected by the programme run by the Institut français.