The LUX films land on the European Parliament

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For 11 years now, the LUX Film Prize has been bringing the most remarkable European films to the European Parliament. Films that explore new ways of crossing cultural borders and overcoming emotional barriers through a common language, cinema, that can be understood anywhere in the continent.

After the 10th anniversary edition last year, which saw the triumph of Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann, and in the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, the LUX Prize is ready to embark in a new journey with the company of the Members of the European Parliament. From Monday 16 October onwards, MEPs will be able to enjoy the 3 finalist films of this year: Robin Campillo’s BPM (Beats Per Minute), Valeska Grisebach’s Western and Amanda Kernell’s Sámi Blood. The screenings will take place in the LUX Theatre in the European Parliament’s Yehudi Menuhin space in Brussels, until Friday 10 November (see the screenings calendar here).

Once again this year, the LUX Prize will put the focus on topics inherent to the European identity, willing to build bridges and create debates: from economic colonialism and xenophobia on the contemporary frontier of Eastern Europe (Western), to cultural and racial prejudices towards the sámi people in Sweden (Sámi Blood), to France in the 1990s, a time when the AIDS epidemic needed the help of the ACT UP activists to be taken seriously (BPM).

After the vote of the MEPs, the winning film will be announced by the president of the European Parliament in the Plenary Chamber, in  a ceremony taking place on 14 November, a day dedicated to the LUX Prize, during which several activities will be held in Strasbourg.

Save some room in your agenda for the screenings, and help us choose the 2017 LUX Prize winner!