Zagreb, Vienna and Leiden have welcomed the LUX FILM DAYS

Audience in full cinema photo

The LUX FILM DAYS have been hitting screens all around Europe during the month of November. The three finalists for the LUX Prize 2014 (Céline Sciamma’s Girlhood, Rok Biček’s Class Enemy and Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida) have enlightened eager audiences in cities such as Zagreb, Leiden (the Netherlands) and Vienna.

 

The Zagreb Film Festival was one of the first events to receive the LUX FILM DAYS, screening the three finalist films on 26 October. The Croatian audience, bursting with excitement, took over the Tuškanac theatre –the venue happened to be overcrowded so the crew even provided additional seats– to enjoy Sciamma’s, Bicek’s and Pawlikowski’s films, screened in a row. One of the highlights of the event was the Q&A with Rebecca Lenkiewicz, co-writer with Pawel Pawlikowski of Ida. Addressing the difficulties of raising funds for a black-and-white period film, the transformation of the script from a thriller to a drama, the curious fact of having an atheist girl playing a nun in the lead role, and the autobiographical heart of the film, Lenkiewicz led an insightful discussion about the film that had to be continued in the theatre’s foyer once the time was up. The Zagreb audiences were extremely proactive in the screenings.

 

The Leiden International Film Festival welcomed the films from 5 to 7 November. Two of the three nominated films (Ida and Class Enemy) were screened, as well as one of the films in the Official Selection (Dietrich Brüggemann’s Stations of the Cross), as the LUX Sneak. Both screenings of the finalist films were sold out, and the three of them included a brief introduction, as well as a discussion with the audience after the screening. EPIO (European Parliament Information Office) press officer in The Hague Jasper de Boer presented the LUX Prize in Class Enemy’s screening, to a very enthusiastic audience.

 

The Viennale - Vienna International Film Festival hosted the LUX FILM DAYS on its last day (7 November), gathering nearly 150 viewers in each screening in one of the most beautiful cinemas of Vienna, the newly renovated Metro-Kino. The three screenings were attended by a very diverse audience: from students to older people, from Viennese to foreign festivalgoers. The screening of the highly anticipated Girlhood was already sold out before the screening started, because of the very good reviews the film got during the festival - while Ida also filled up the theatre, managing to make a huge impression on the audience. “Finally a realistic female film with a wonderful female main character”, said one of the attendees at Girlhood’s screening. “Even though it’s set in the ‘60s, the film is still relevant, especially in Austria”, was one of the most revealing comments at Ida’s screening. On the other hand, Class Enemy had been screened at last year's Viennale, but a lot of people didn't miss their chance to see it again. This screening was introduced by Viennale director Hans Hurch and MEP Otmar Karas. "The LUX FILM DAYS are not an add-on to the Viennale; but the necessary summing up," expressed Hurch. “European film deserves more attention and we should be proud about our rich cinema heritage”, said Karas, pointing out that the films are screened in all member states, being the perfect example of creating a common European experience.

 

For more information on the LUX FILM DAYS screenings calendar, click here. These are events that you won’t want to miss!

 

Photo: Vienna International Film Festival © Newald

Gallery Images: 
Leiden International Film Festival
Vienna International Film Festival
Vienna International Film Festival © Newald
Vienna International Film Festival © Newald
MEP Karas at the Vienna International Film Festival © Newald
MEP Karas and Viennale director Hurch at the Vienna International Film Festival © Newald
Zagreb Film Festival
Zagreb Film Festival