The three LUX Film Prize finalists return to the European Parliament

The countdown is about to begin! As occurs every year, from 1 to 12 December the European Parliament will host the LUX Film Prize screenings.
Céline Sciamma’s Girlhood, Paweł Pawlikowski’s Ida and Rok Biček’s Class Enemy, the three films competing for the LUX Film Prize 2014, will be screened every day in a theatre built especially for the occasion (in the Yenudi Menuhin space, first floor of the PHS building[1]).
And on 2 and 3 December, directors will be “on stage” at the LUX Theatre to introduce their films to the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), and at Brussels’ Center for Fine Arts – BOZAR to introduce them to the public.
On Tuesday 2, Paweł Pawlikowski will present Ida at 1pm at the Parliament, and at 6pm at Bozar, while Céline Sciamma will introduce Girlhood at 7pm at the Parliament and at 9pm at Bozar. The following day, Wednesday 3, will be “Slovenian D-Day”: Rok Biček will present Class Enemy at 1pm at the Parliament and as from 7.00pm at Bozar. The screenings at Bozar are free of charge, upon registration.
The LUX Film Prize will be given out after the vote by the MEPs, which is already open. The 751 MEPs – who make up the LUX Film Prize jury – have various ways to watch the films: during the LUX Film Days in their own countries, by accessing a VoD service, and at the internal screenings in the LUX Theatre. Screenings within the European Parliament have been organised since the first edition of the LUX Film Prize, in 2007, to let MEPs form their opinions on the films, and to bring the movies into the heart of the European institutions.
Furthermore, the three films have been travelling across Europe since early October as part of the LUX Film Days. The movies have been subtitled in the 23 official languages of the European Union, and more than 165 screenings have been arranged in all of the Member States. The audience can also vote for their favourite film on the website or on the Facebook page of the LUX Film Prize. Also, one of the voters will be invited to the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in July 2015 to announce the LUX Film Prize Public Mention.
16 December is the final deadline for the MEPs to get their votes in. Which of the three finalists will conquer the hearts of such a special jury? The award ceremony will be held in the Plenary Chamber in Strasbourg on 17 December and will be streamed live online. You won’t want to miss it!
Photo: European Parliament (Flickr)

[1] Screening schedule above includes subtitles in EN/FR and in EN/DE for Girlhood.