Official selection of the European Parliament’s 2012 LUX PRIZE unveiled

Official selection of the European Parliament’s 2012 LUX PRIZE unveiled

For the second year on a row, the Official Selection of ten films competing for this year’s LUX Prize of the European Parliament was unveiled during the 47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) in Czech Republic. The selection reflects the excellence and rich variety of contemporary European cinema which European Parliament is proud to support.


The films selected to compete for the 2012 LUX Prize (co)produced in Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland and  Turkey,  will present to the European public well known filmakers alongside with a young and promising generation of authors including an important number of female directors.


The 2012 LUX Prize Official Selection was announced on Sunday 1st of July in Karlovy Vary by Mr Oldrich VLASAK, Vice president of the European Parliament, Ms Katarina NEVEDALOVA, member of the European Parliament, by Ms Mira STALEVA, deputy director of the Sofia International Film Festival and by M Karel OCH, artistic director of the KVIFF and both members of the 2012LUX Prize  Selection Panel.


The 2012 LUX Prize Official Selection includes the following ten films (in alphabetical order):


À perdre la raison (Our Children)

by Joachim Lafosse

(Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Switzerland)



by Christian Petzold



Cesare deve morire (Caesar Must Die)

by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani



Crulic  –  drumul spre dincolo (Crulic – The Path to Beyond)

by Anca Damian

(Romania, Poland)


Csak a szél (Just the Wind)

by Bence Fliegauf

(Hungary, Germany, France)


Djeca (Children of Sarajevo)

by Aida Begic

(Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, France and Turkey)


Io sono Li (Shun Li and the Poet)

by Andrea Segre

(Italy, France)


L'enfant d'en haut (Sister)

by Ursula Meier

(France, Switzerland)


Louise Wimmer

by Cyril Mennegun




by Miguel Gomes

(Portugal, Germany, France, Brazil)



The LUX Prize, established in 2007, is awarded annually by the Members of the European Parliament. It pursues two main objectives: spotlighting the public debate on the European Union (EU) project and values and supporting circulation of European film-productions within the Union.


Every year, a Selection Panel appointed by the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education decides on the LUX Prize Official Selection and the Competition. 


The 2012 LUX Prize Competition and the first edition of the LUX Film Days


Three out of the ten films disclosed at the 47th KVIFF will not only compete for the awarding of the 2012 LUX Prize but also be part of the first edition of the LUX Film Days.


During the LUX Film Days, from 15 October to 20 November, the three films nominated for the LUX Prize 2012 Award will be screened in the 23 official languages of the European Union and in the 27 member states of the Union. Through this unity of action, time and place a temporary European public space is created with a view to inspiring and sharing a sense of common cultural heritage amongst European cinema lovers. The LUX Film Days will also break down the language barriers that prevent European films from being largely viewed throughout the continent.


2012 LUX Prize  forthcoming dates and events 


After the disclosing in Karlovy Vary of the ten films of the 2012 LUX Prize Official Selection, the three films in the 2012 LUX Prize Competition will be unveiled at the Venice Days press conference in Rome on 24 July.  The three final candidate films will be screened as special events at the Venice Film Festival (29/08-9/09) and in all the 27 Member States of the European Union from 15 October to 20 November.


The LUX Prize 2012 will be officially awarded on 21 November 2012 during a sitting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg in presence of the film-makers. In addition to providing the distributors with the subtitles of the winning film and versions for the visually and hearing impaired, the LUX Prize will offer an incentive for the film's promotion throughout the European Union.