The LUX finalists take festivals by storm

The LUX Prize finalists – Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant, Valeria Golino’s Miele and Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown – have reasons to celebrate. The three of them have received prizes at prestigious film festivals all around the world this weekend.
The Stockholm Film Festival has crowned The Selfish Giant. Barnard’s film took home the Bronze Horse for best film after the jury’s decision to honour, in their words, “a uniquely complete film – shattering, to the point, poetic, believable, delicate, humorous; only someone hard-hearted could fail to love this film.” The festival also rewarded Golino’s Miele, with the prize for best actress – the jury found lead Jasmine Trinca’s work “spellbinding despite the underplayed style.”
Miele was also awarded at the Ljubljana Film Festival, this time with the main prize – the Kingfisher Award for best film. According to the jury, Golino’s feature “tackles the crucial issues of ethics and morals that are both contemporary and eternal with an elaborate cinematic expression and intimate, intelligently directed mood."
At the other end of Europe, at the Seville European Film Festival, The Selfish Giant went on to collect another prize. The film was given the award for best script, written by Barnard herself. Also, the public decided to give the Audience Grand Prix for best film in the EFA selection to Van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown, which managed to be one of the festival’s splashes.
Lastly, on the other side of the Atlantic, at the American Film Institute Festival (AFI Fest), held in Los Angeles, Barnard’s feature grabbed not one but two prizes - the New Auteurs Audience Award and the New Auteurs Special Award for Direction.
Make sure you catch all of them at the LUX FILM DAYS!
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