Here in Karlovy Vary Sunday evening, the official selection of the films competing for the European Parliament’s 2012 LUX Prize were unveiled.
There are 10 films up for the prize, which recognizes achievements in contemporary European cinema.
The finalists were unveiled by Oldrich Vlasak, Vice president of the European Parliament; Katarina Nevedalova, member of the European Parliament; Mira Staleva, deputy director of the Sofia International Film Festival; and Karel Och, artistic director of the KVIFF member of the LUX selection panel.
The 10 films are:
Our Children (A perdre la raison) by Joachim Lafosse (Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Switzerland)
Barbara by Christian Petzold (Germany) [pictured]
Caesar Must Die (Cesare deve morire) by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani (Italy)
Crulic – The Path to Beyond (Crulic – drumul spre dincolo) by Anca Damian (Romania, Poland)
Just The Wind (Csak a szél) by Bence Fliegauf (Hungary, Germany, France)
Children of Sarajevo (Djeca) by Aida Begic (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, France and Turkey)
Shun Li and the Poet (Io sono Li) by Andrea Segre (Italy, France)
Sister (L’enfant d’en haut) by Ursula Meier (France, Switzerland)
Louise Wimmer by Cyril Mennegun (France)
Tabu by Miguel Gomes (Portugal, Germany, France, Brazil)
The LUX Prize was established in 2007 and is awarded annually by members of the European Parliament. Its objectives are to spotlight debate on EU values and supporting European film releases within the member states.
This year’s selection panel includes Radu Mihaileanu, Fatima Djoumer, Marc Bordure, José Luis Cienfuegos, Catherine Buresi, Michel Demopoulos, Stéphan de Potter, Marion Döring, Jakub Duszynski, Per Ericsson, Paul Peter Huth, Nick James, Christophe Leparc, Georgette Ranucci, Éva Vezer, Mira Staleva and Karel Och.
During the first LUX Film Days (Oct 15-Nov 20) three films nominated for the LUX prize will be screened in 27 member states.
Those three nominees will be unveiled as part of Venice Days press conference on July 24 and the prize will be awarded on Nov 21.
Several of the 10 shortlisted are in the KVIFF programme, including Barbara, Our Children and Tabu.