Lux Film Prize 2017
Films selected for the LUX Film Prize competition celebrate the universal reach of European values, illustrate the diversity of European traditions and shed light on the process of European integration. Read the synopses and watch the trailers to find out more about this year's final selection.
The three films competing for the 2017 Lux Film Prize were announced on 25 July in Rome during the Giornate degli Autori (Venice Days) by Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament.
SÁMI BLOOD, by Amanda Kernell – Sweden, Norway, Denmark
It tells the vibrant tale of a young Lapp girl who dreams of a different life and distances herself from her community with great anguish because of the racist attitudes they have to face.
WESTERN, by Valeska Grisebach – Germany, Bulgaria, Austria
It injects a story about German workers on a construction site for a hydroelectric power station in Bulgaria with ingredients from the cowboys-and-Indians classics, addressing the issues of economic immigration and integration.
BPM (BEATS PER MINUTE), by Robin Campillo – France
It follows a group of Act Up activists who fight to lend the AIDS problem more visibility in 1992 France and encourage faster progress to be made in terms of research and prevention.
About the prize
Since 2007, the European Parliament LUX FILM PRIZE casts an annual spotlight on films that go to the heart of European public debate. The European Parliament believes that cinema, a mass cultural medium, can be an ideal vehicle for debate and reflection on Europe and its future. When the European Parliament created the LUX FILM PRIZE, it decided to focus on distribution because it believes that this is “the Achilles heel of European cinema”. Unlike the largely unified North American market, the film industry in European countries faces huge organisational and economic difficulties which are worsened by language barriers. The LUX FILM PRIZE has become a quality label backing European film productions. Its winning films have become hits within the EU and beyond. It has helped publicise films that might have otherwise been seen and discovered by few people and has put the spotlight on urgent topical issues.