The 2015 LUX Prize Official Selection has been announced, and includes Icelandic film Rams. 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 awards 2015 edition kicked off yesterday at the 50th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
The selection was revealed in the Czech gathering by European Parliament Committee on Legal affairs chair Pavel Svoboda, European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education member Bogdan Wenta, LUX Prize coordinator Doris Pack and Karlovy Vary artistic director and LUX Prize Selection panel member Karel Och.
The total list are:
- 45 Years by Andrew Haigh (United Kingdom)
- A Perfect Day by Fernando León de Aranoa (Spain)
- Rams by Grímur Hákonarson (Iceland, Denmark)
- The Measure Of A Man by Stéphane Brizé (France)
- Mediterranea by Jonas Carpignano (Italy, United States, Germany, France, Qatar)
- Mustang by Deniz Gamze Ergüven (France, Germany, Turkey, Qatar)
- Son Of Saul by László Nemes (Hungary)
- Toto And His Sisters by Alexander Nanau (Romania, Hungary, Germany)
- The Lesson by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov (Bulgaria, Greece)
- The High Sun by Dalibor Matanić (Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia)
These films will vie for the 2015 LUX Prize and will become the core of the 2015 LUX Film Days – an initiative that will make them circulate beyond their national market, subtitling them into 24 official languages of the European Union and screening them in the 28 member countries. The winner will be unveiled at the end of the year in Strasbourg, and will also be made available for the visually and hearing-impaired.
Lastly, the LUX Film Days will let the audiences vote their favourite film through the Audience Mention. As announced today, the winner of last edition’s mention was Rok Bicek‘s Class Enemy, which received the highest number of votes from the audiences across Europe.