Thee Nordic films selected for the LUX Prize

The prestigious LUX Prize has announced its nominees for 2017, with three Nordic films nominated amongst the ten films:

The LUX Prize is handed out by the European Parliament and aims to cast a spotlight on the diversity of European cinema and its importance in building social and cultural values. The prize targets films under a variety of genres, from comedy to coming-of-age, to modern films that critique current political issues.

From these ten films, three 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 competition. The winner will be awarded on the 15th of November.

Here are all the films nominated:

  • A Ciambra – Jonas Carpignano (Italy, Brazil, US)
  • BPM – Robin Campillo (France)
  • Glory – Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov(Bulgaria/Greece)
  • Heartstone – Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson (Iceland/Denmark)
  • King of the Belgians – Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth (Belgium, France)
  • Sami Blood – Amanda Kernell (Sweden/Denmark/Norway)
  • Summer 1993 – Carla Simon (Spain)
  • The Last Family – Jan P. Matuszynski (Poland)
  • The Other Side of Hope – Aki Kaurismaki (Finland/Germany)
  • Western – Valeska Grisebach (Germany/Bulgaria/Austria)



Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.