An overview of the LUX Film Days in Latvia, Poland and the UK

An overview of the LUX Film Days in Latvia, Poland and the UK

The ninth edition of the LUX Prize award ceremony crowned Mustang by Deniz Gamze Ergüven at the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg (24 November). The Turkish-French co-production had previously been screened in several countries across the continent, together with the other two finalists: Jonas Carpignano's Mediterranea, and Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov's Urok (The Lesson). Since 19 October, the three candidates have reached a total of 25 member states at different venues, including the simultaneous screening of Mediterranea (11 November), and will complete their successful European run during the next few weeks.

 

Zane Timoņina, Latvian 28 Times Cinema member and LUX Ambassador, shared her experience after the screening of The Lesson at the Splendid Palace movie theatre in Riga: “People were really interested in the LUX films in Latvia; I would say that each screening brought together around 350-400 people. LUX Film Days opened with a closed discussion on the migrant and refugee crisis, and how cinema can influence people's attitude towards these topics.” This discussion gathered together some of the most highly respected Latvian film critics, such as Dita Rietuma and Daira Āboliņa, as well as various professionals from the film industry.

 

28 Times Cinema member and LUX Ambassador Łukasz Raszewski reported from Poland, where Kino Nowe Horyzonty in Wrocław held the Lux Film Days for the fourth time, that all of the screenings were “filled with cinema lovers”, providing a great “setting for discussions triggered by the three nominated films”. The opening screening of Mustang received “high recognition and opened up discussions between viewers and experts”, such as Ewelina Seklecka (a feminist and gender-studies scientist) and Raszewski himself, “about the role of tradition and religion in forming one’s vision of modern society”. The screening of Mediterranea caused a “long and profound discussion” led by Maria Ochwat (a political studies expert) and Anna Elektra Malkogiorgos (a sociologist) “on topics of the immigration crisis and the role of Poland in resolving it”. Regarding The Lesson, its screening was followed by a debate between the audience, Jolanta Wróblewska (a mass-media specialist) and Arkadiusz Lewicki (a film critic) “about Central European cinema and its position in worldwide cinematography”.

 

Two of the three Lux Prize nominees were also screened to “astonished audiences” in London's Barbican Centre, as detailed by UK 28 Times Cinema member and LUX Ambassador Ross McDonnell. Both films were introduced by the Barbican's director of cinema, Robert Rider, and the European Parliament's Elisabeth Sweeney: “After a busy reception and an address from Julie Ward MEP, the bracing, provocative Mediterranea challenged and surprised audiences as it charted the travel and treatment of refugees in the southern city of Rosarno, Italy.” Carpignano's feature was followed by The Lesson, a “tense thriller conveying the rigid resolve of a schoolteacher caught in tight spaces and relentless circumstance”.

 

And the LUX Film Days are not finished yet – stay tuned to our agenda so you don't miss the upcoming screenings!

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LUX Film Days in Poland
LUX Film Days in Poland
LUX Film Days in Poland
LUX Film Days in Poland
LUX Film Days in Poland
LUX Film Days in Poland
LUX Film Days in UK
LUX Film Days in UK
LUX Film Days in Poland
LUX Film Days in UK
LUX Film Days in Poland
LUX Film Days in Poland
LUX Film Days in UK
LUX Film Days in Poland
LUX Film Days in Poland
LUX Film Days in Poland
LUX Film Days in Poland
LUX Film Days in Poland
LUX Film Days in UK
LUX Film Days in UK
LUX Film Days in Poland
LUX Film Days in Latvia
LUX Film Days in Latvia
LUX Film Days in Latvia
LUX Film Days in Latvia
LUX Film Days in Latvia
LUX Film Days in Latvia
LUX Film Days in Latvia