Between 1 and 3 December, the Budapest audience will have the opportunity to view the finalists nominated for the Lux Prize, awarded every year by the European Parliament. This year’s finalists are the French film ‘Girlhood’ (Bande de filles) by Céline Sciamma, Ida by Polish director Paweł Pawlikowski and Class Enemy (Razredni sovražnik) by Slovene Rok Biček.
The Lux Prize is an award handed out by the European Parliament every year since 2007 to films depicting European cultural diversity, the life and identity of Europeans, and social issues of current relevance. The three finalist works, chosen by an international jury, are put on show with subtitles in every one of the European Union’s twenty-eight member states. In Hungary, the three films will be introduced to the public at the Uránia National Film Theatre on Rákóczi út, central Budapest, between 1 and 3 December. The winner of the prize will be named at the plenary session of the European Parliament on 17 December in Strasbourg, France.
Similarly to previous years, the audience will be able to vote for a favourite film. All “voters” will automatically participate in a draw, the winner of which will have the opportunity to participate at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, to be held in July 2015, free of charge. The festival will see the announcement of the audience vote, as well as the presentation of the ten films nominated for next year’s Lux Prize.
With its quality of a unique, transnational cultural venue, the Lux Film Days establish a European cultural space which enables spectators to get a glimpse into the diversity of European cinema and a possibility to engage in debate on issues and questions raised by films competing for the Lux Prize.