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LUX PRIZE 2017

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The 2017 LUX Prize reveals its Official Selection

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- The ten films selected for the award given by the European Parliament have been revealed at the 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

The 2017 LUX Prize reveals its Official Selection

After last year’s successful edition, which marked the 10th anniversary of the initiative, the LUX Prize continues embracing an unpredictable variety of genres and tones from all over Europe. Given out each year by the European Parliament to cast a spotlight on the diversity of European cinema and its importance in building social and cultural values, the 2017 edition has just kicked off at the 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival with the unveiling of the ten films honoured with a place in its Official Selection.

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The selected films:

A Ciambra [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: Jonas Carpignano
film profile
]
- Jonas Carpignano (Italy/Brazil/United States/France/Germany/Sweden)
BPM (Beats Per Minute) [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Arnaud Valois
interview: Robin Campillo
film profile
]
- Robin Campillo (France)
Glory [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Petar Valchanov
interview: Petar Valchanov, Kristina G…
film profile
]
- Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov (Bulgaria/Greece)
Heartstone [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
film profile
]
- Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson (Iceland/Denmark)
King of the Belgians [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Jessica Woodworth, Peter Br…
film profile
]
- Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth (Belgium/Netherlands/Bulgaria)
Sámi Blood [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Amanda Kernell
interview: Lars Lindstrom
film profile
]
- Amanda Kernell (Sweden/Denmark/Norway)
Summer 1993 [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Carla Simón
film profile
]
- Carla Simón (Spain)
The Last Family [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
- Jan P Matuszyński (Poland)
The Other Side of Hope [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
Q&A: Aki Kaurismäki
film profile
]
- Aki Kaurismäki (Finland/Germany)
Western [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Jonas Dornbach
interview: Valeska Grisebach
interview: Valeska Grisebach
film profile
]
- Valeska Grisebach (Germany/Bulgaria/Austria)

The selection was unveiled by Member of the European Parliament Helga Trüpel, vice-chair of the Committee on Budgetary Control Martina Dlabajova, member of the Committee on Culture and Education Bogdan Wenta and LUX Prize coordinator Doris Pack. Three thematic focuses can be identified from the films in the selection, which perfectly mirror what Europe and Europeans are going through at the moment. A batch of coming-of-age stories, about young characters opening their eyes to what surrounds them in order to understand reality and the societies and communities they belong to; a selection of socially engaged films that tackle timely topics in both heartfelt and intelligent ways, with touches of genre and even comedy; and portraits of the modern socio-political absurdity, crucial in the current post-truth era that we live in, stand out in the official selection. 

Today, the film from the 2016 LUX Prize Competition that received the Audience Mention, the highest number of votes from audiences across Europe, was also announced – the acclaimed LUX Prize winner Toni Erdmann [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
Q&A: Maren Ade
film profile
]
by Maren Ade. Voter Nora Perrin from France was randomly selected from among all the participants and invited to Karlovy Vary to announce the Mention.

From the 10 films in the Official Selection, 3 entries will be selected and announced at the Venice Days press conference in Rome at the end of July as those taking part in the LUX Prize Competition. These films will compete to be the winner of the 2017 LUX Prize, awarded on 15 November in Strasbourg, and will become the core of the 2017 LUX Film Days, which will take them to screen across all 28 European Union countries by the end of the year.

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