As every year, the selection committee for the LUX Awards (made up by notable figures such as Marion Doring, director of the EFA, Christophe Leparc from the Directors Fortnight in Cannes, Giorgio Gosetti, director of Venice Days, Karel Och, director of the Karlovy Vary Festival and José Luis Cienfuegos, director of the Seville European Film Festival, among others) has carried out the difficult task of bringing together the best of the year’s European production.
There are three films competing for the LUX Award this year –Ida, by Pawel Pawlikowski, Class Enemy, by Rok Biček and Girlhood by Céline Sciamma- chosen from among the Official Selection for the Awards. The ten films in the Selection were presented this year at Karlovy Vary:
BANDE DE FILLES (GIRLHOOD), by Céline Sciamma – France
FEHER ISTEN (WHITE GOD), by Kornél Mundruczó - Hungary, Germany, Sweden
HERMOSA JUVENTUD (BEAUTIFUL YOUTH), by Jaime Rosales – Spain, France
IDA, by Pawel Pawlilowski – Poland, Denmark
KREUZWEG (STATIONS OF THE CROSS), by Dietrich Brüggemann - Germany, France
LE MERAVIGLIE (THE WONDERS), by Alice Rohrwacher – Italy, Switzerland, Germany
MACONDO, by Sudabeh Mortezai –Austria
RAZREDNI SOVRAZNIK (CLASS ENEMY), by Rok Biček – Slovenia
TURIST (FORCE MAJEURE), by Ruben Östlund – Sweden, Denmark, France, Norway
XENIA, by Panos H. Koutras – Greece, France, Belgium
Mention should be made of the Spanish presence in the selection this year, with Beautiful Youth, by Jaime Rosales, and also the inclusion among the three finalists of Class Enemy, which premiered at the X Edition of the Seville European Film Festival in the New Wave Section.
Thanks to the initiative of the LUX Awards, the finalists can be seen in the 28 countries that make up the European Union during the LUX Film Days, subtitled in the Union’s 24 official languages. The winner of the LUX Award 2014, chosen by the Members of the European Parliament, will be announced on 17th December in Strasbourg. Also, in 2013 the Special Audience Award was presented for the first time. The winner was voted by the spectators of the films chosen during the LUX Film days. The film that wins the LUX Award will also have a version adapted for the blind and the deaf. The LUX Awards, which have been awarded since 2007, are a unique, essential initiative for the diffusion of quality European cinema, a source for an enriching exchange between member countries of the Union and for considering, through an artistic medium of expression like the cinema, the main questions regarding identity and culture in Europe.
The 2013 LUX Award went to Alabama Monroe, by Felix van Groeningen, which premiered to overwhelming success at the last edition of the SEFF.