The LUX Film Days keep rolling across Europe: reports from Cyprus, Germany and Estonia

The LUX Film Days keep rolling across Europe: reports from Cyprus, Germany and Estonia

The fourth edition of the LUX Film Days has been unspooling since 19 October, determined to take the three LUX Prize candidates to every Member State of the European Union. The French-German-Turkish co-production Mustang by Deniz Gamze Ergüven emerged triumphant at the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg (24 November), over the two other nominees: Mediterranea by American-Italian filmmaker Jonas Carpignano, and Bulgarian directors Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov's The Lesson. Nevertheless, their European run is not over yet, and the three finalists will keep touring across the different EU countries over the following weeks.

 

Elena Adamou, 28 Times Cinema member and LUX Ambassador in Cyprus, reports from the Rialto Cinema Theatre that the local screening of Mediterranea gave them “the chance to catch a glimpse of a personal event, break on through to the other side and gain a different approach to a time-sensitive phenomenon”. Adamou stated that with Carpignano’s film, the audience got involved in the narration of a real story where emotion becomes the main factor that establishes a new kind of relationship with the subject. “I believe this is not about opening a new window to the subject; it’s about changing one’s position in front of that window, by changing its point of view. Breaking the safety glass of television and altering the audience profile of a documentary is what distances us as citizens from the real events.”

 

According to Sven Angene, German 28 Times Cinema member and LUX Ambassador, on 5 and 6 November, a host of cinephiles in Berlin had the opportunity to enjoy a “three-course menu of contemporary European cinema at its best”: during the first stage of the German edition of the 2015 LUX Film Days (with other events being held in Essen and Munich), the three films competing for this year's prize were shown on both days in the historic Kino Babylon at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz. Several hundred people attended the screenings of these three debut features that “in their variety conveniently illustrate the wide scope of European film culture”. Following the first screening of MustangFrank Piplat moderated a debate between the viewers and Peter Paul Huth, a member of the LUX Prize Jury, Frank Henschke, a co-producer of the film, and Angene himself, about the role of European cinema, the potential and goals of the LUX Prize and, of course, the movie. During the reception that followed this panel, the discussion was transformed into an open dialogue between producers and film lovers alike, which triggered conversations that “kept on going after the audience left the Babylon”.

 

Later on in the programme, the Artis Cinema in Tallinn welcomed film enthusiasts to a special screening of the local LUX Film Days (3-5 December), as explained by Rebeka Rummel, Estonian 28 Times Cinema member and LUX Ambassador. At these gatherings, the audience was given a closer insight into each film and its development process by Maarja Hindoalla (this year’s representative of Estonia at the Venice Days). “As the social themes depicted in the films (the strongest being the issue of migration in Mediterranea) are extremely topical in today’s Estonia, the cinema hall offered evidence of this. The theatre was filled with audience members of different generations and genders,” in Rummel’s words.

 

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Gallery Images: 
LUX Film Days in Cyprus © Elena Adamo
LUX Film Days in Berlin  © Jens Schicke
LUX Film Days in Cyprus © Elena Adamo
LUX Film Days in Berlin  © Jens Schicke
LUX Film Days in Cyprus © Elena Adamo
LUX Film Days in Berlin  © Jens Schicke
LUX Film Days in Cyprus © Elena Adamo
LUX Film Days in Berlin  © Jens Schicke
LUX Film Days in Cyprus © Elena Adamo
LUX Film Days in Cyprus © Elena Adamo
LUX Film Days in Tallinn © Rebeka Rummell
LUX Film Days in Tallinn © Rebeka Rummell
LUX Film Days in Tallinn © Rebeka Rummell
LUX Film Days in Tallinn © Rebeka Rummell
LUX Film Days in Munich © Photworks Markus SIPPL
LUX Film Days in Munich © Photworks Markus SIPPL
LUX Film Days in Munich © Photworks Markus SIPPL
LUX Film Days in Munich © Photworks Markus SIPPL
LUX Film Days in Munich © Photworks Markus SIPPL
LUX Film Days in Munich © Photworks Markus SIPPL
LUX Film Days in Munich © Photworks Markus SIPPL
LUX Film Days in Munich © Photworks Markus SIPPL
LUX Film Days in Munich © Photworks Markus SIPPL