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Ten Films To Compete For LUX Prize

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 3, 2011 at 7:00AM

Ten films have been selected to compete for Europe's LUX prize. Details below. The European Parliament unveiled, in the frame of the 46th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF), the ten films pre-selected to compete for this year’s LUX Prize. These films, (co)produced in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland or UK, all reflect the excellence and richness of European cinema which the European Parliament is very pleased to support.
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Ten films have been selected to compete for Europe's LUX prize. Details below.

The European Parliament unveiled, in the frame of the 46th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF), the ten films pre-selected to compete for this year’s LUX Prize. These films, (co)produced in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland or UK, all reflect the excellence and richness of European cinema which the European Parliament is very pleased to support.

The LUX Prize 2011 Official Selection was unveiled in Karlovy Vary by Ms Olga SEHNALOVÁ, member of the European Parliament, Ms Feo ALADAG, director of the LUX Prize 2010 winner Die Fremde, and its leading actress Ms Sibel KEKILLI, as well as Ms Eva ZAORALOVÁ, artistic consultant of the KVIFF and newly appointed member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel. The LUX Prize 2011 Official Selection includes the following ten films - in alphabetical order :

• A Torinói ló (The Turin Horse)
by Bela Tarr (Hungary, France,
Switzerland, Germany)

• Les neiges du Kilimandjaro
(The Snows of Kilimanjaro)
by Robert Guédiguian (France)

• Morgen
by Marian Crisan (France, Romania,
Hungary)

• Mistérios de Lisboa
(The Mysteries of Lisbon)
by Raúl Ruiz (Portugal)

• Pina
by Wim Wenders (Germany, France, UK)

• Play
by Ruben Östlund (Sweden, France,
Denmark)

• Attenberg
by Athina Rachel Tsangari (Greece)

• Essential Killing
by Jerzy Skolimowski (Poland, Norway,
Ireland, Hungary)

• Habemus Papam
by Nanni Moretti (Italy, France)

• Le Havre
by Aki Kaurismäki (Finland, France,
Germany)

LUX Prize embodies European Parliament’s commitment to culture and cinema.

The LUX Prize (in Latin, lux means light) was established in 2007 as a tangible symbol of the European Parliament’s
commitment to the European cinema and its creative endeavours. Awarded annually, the LUX Prize is voted for
by MEPs.

No matter which individual, historical or social issue it illustrates, each film of the LUX Prize Official Selection serves as a glimpse of Europeans – their lives, their convictions and doubts, their quest for identity. Every year, a panel appointed by the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education decides on the LUX Prize Official Selection. This panel includes producers, distributors, exhibitors, festival directors, film critics and the previous winner.

As for previous winners – Auf der anderen Seite (2007), Le silence de Lorna (2008), Welcome (2009) and Die Fremde (2010) – the LUX Prize 2011 laureate will benefit from the financial support of the European Parliament, consisting of :

• subtitling in the 23 official languages of the European Union (EU), including an adaptation of the original
version for visually or hearing-impaired people;
• producing a 35 mm print or a digital cinema package per EU member state.
Eligibility criteria :
• fictions or creative documentaries (may be animated);
• of a minimum length of 60 minutes;
• resulting from productions or co-productions eligible under the MEDIA PROGRAMME (EU plus Croatia,
Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland);
• helping celebrate the universal reach of European values, illustrate the diversity of European traditions or
provide insights into the building of Europe;
• released for the first time between 31 May 2010 and 1 June 2011.

LUX Prize 2011: forthcoming important dates and events
26/07 : Unveiling of the three finalist films selected to compete for the LUX Prize 2011 (Rome, press conference of
the Venice Days - Venice International Film Festival)
31/08-10/09 : Screening of the three competing films at the Venice Days
4 or 11/10-10/11 : Screening of the three competing films within the European Parliament’s premises and vote by
the Members of the European Parliament
15-16/11 : Unveiling of the LUX Prize 2011 winner (Strasbourg, award ceremony)

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.