We want you for the LUX Prize!

We want you for the LUX Prize!

The 2015 LUX Prize — game on! As you already know, European Parliament’s film award enables the three competing films to be subtitled in the 24 official languages of the members — and to reach a wider audience during the LUX Film Days organised in the 28 EU Member States. If you would like to watch the three finalists ­— Jonas Carpignano’s Mediterranea, Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang, and Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov’s The Lesson ­—, you will have many ways to do it. The LUX Film Days, already on since 19 October, will take them to your country in the following months (see the agenda).

Brussels — where they will also be shown inside the European Parliament in a theatre duly built for this purpose from 9 to 20 November ­— will be the heart of a very special event. Audiences will have the opportunity to see the films at the prestigious BOZAR on 10 and 11 November and to take part in a Q&A session with the director of Mediterranea, Jonas Carpignano — toghether with the audiences of other seven countries! Mediterranea and the debate which will follow will be streamed live at the Seville European Film Festival, the Cineuropa Festival at Santiago de Compostela, the Forum des Images in Paris, the Bratislava Film Festival, Bucharest and Lisbon.

You can't be there? No problem. You can follow the live debate on ARTE’s website and on Twitter, by sending your questions with the hashtag #luxprize.

Through the LUX Film Days, general audiences are invited to express their opinions by voting for the film of their choice. The film which receives the most votes cast in this way will be awarded the Audience Mention, which will be presented at the international film festival in Karlovy Vary next July. By voting, you will have a chance to win an invitation to the Czech gathering, where you would then have the honour of announcing the winner of the mention.

The LUX Prize itself will be decided by MEPs, who can vote for the film they like best by 23 November; in order to announce the winner in plenary in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, on 24 November. Mediterranea, The Lesson and Mustang will also be shown on 23, 24 and 25 November at the Odyssée Cinema in Strasbourg at the directors' presence. The directors will also attend the plenary sitting on 24 November.

The competing films

For nine years, the LUX Prize competition organised by the European Parliament has been affording recognition to films which illustrate or question European values.

As usual, an eclectic range of films is on offer. The first in the competition, Mediterranea, tells the story of two young migrants from sub-Saharan Africa arriving in Italy and encountering the hostility of the local people. Mustang is the rarely heard story of young girls who have been promised to husbands through forced marriages but who, determined to live their own lives, break the yoke of tradition. Lastly, The Lesson asks questions about the limits to good and evil while recounting a seemingly ordinary life. Three films and therefore three different ways of seeing everyday life, youth, escape, poverty and tolerance.