The 10 films nominated for the LUX Prize

The European Parliament unveils the 10 films nominated for the LUX Prize
10 films are shortlisted for the LUX Prize. 3 films out of 10 have been directed by women.

The 3 finalist films will be subtitled into 24 official EU languages and travel across Europe during the LUX Film Days. An initiative launched in 2012, the LUX FILM DAYS project aims to bring the screenings of the finalists of the LUX FILM PRIZE Official Competition closer to European citizens across all 28 countries of the European Union (EU) in the same period (Autumn). The 10th ceremony of the Lux Prize will be held in Strasbourg by the end of November.

The films selected for the LUX FILM PRIZE competition help to air different views on some of the main social and political issues of the day and, as such, contribute to building a stronger European identity. They help celebrate the universal reach of European values, illustrate the diversity of European traditions and shed light on the process of European integration.

The candidates for the 2016 LUX Prize are:


Toni Erdmann by Maren Ade

Practical joker Winfried disguises himself as flashy “Toni Erdmann” to get busy Ines' attention and change her corporate lifestyle. The father-daughter challenge reaches absurd proportions until Ines begins to see that her eccentric father deserves a place in her life.

L'Avenir (Things to Come) by Mia Hansen-Løve

For her fifth feature film, writer-director Mia Hansen-Løve got her favourite French actress, Isabelle Huppert, to play the lead role. It does take a very special actress – and a very talented director – to deliver the character and the story of a middle-aged philosophy teacher who, after being left by her husband, reinvents and improves herself, without it being over-sentimental.

As I Open My Eyes by Leyla Bouzid

Farah is a curly-haired 18-year-old who longs to be free. She stays out late at night and drinks beer, she's a rebel, she's daring and explosive. It's the summer of 2010 in Tunisia, a few months before the beginning of the Arab Spring, but this film is not about the revolution. The film by the up-and-coming Tunisian director, in competition in Venice Days at the 72nd Venice Film Festival, is the story of the months that immediately preceded it, following the path of a young singer who bravely and a little recklessly challenges government censorship, by bringing her voice and her lyrical allegations to bars and nightclubs frequented by Tunisian young people, and onto the streets.

Sieranevada by Cristi Puiu

Centers around a family gathering on the anniversary of a patriarch's recent death. Romanian director Cristi Puiu decided to delve deep into the heart of this microcosm with far-reaching repercussions for his film, which opened the competition of the 69th Cannes Film Festival.

La Pazza Gioia (Like Crazy) by Alejandro Jodorowsky

Alejandro Jodorowsky, a director, writer and tarot card reader, introduced us to a different method of performance, bookending sequences with the Fool card and the World card. “The Fool represents a flow of energy that comes and goes. The World is total fulfilment”, he explained. Influenced by an image that came to him on the set of Human Capital [+], Paolo Virzì decided to bring the story of two “fools” to the big screen.

Ma Vie de Courgette (My Life as a Courgette)  by Claude Barras

“We are all alike; there's no one left to love us.” The Les Fontaines orphanage is home to seven ten-year-old children: the endearing protagonists in Swiss filmmaker Claude Barras' stunning My Life as a Courgette [+], an animated feature debut, outstanding thanks to both its subject matter and its approach to it, which was unveiled in the Directors' Fortnight at the 69th Cannes Film Festival.

Krigen (A War) by Tobias Lindholm

"Take care of each other," says the Danish soldier over Skype as he talks to his brothers in arms from the hospital bed in England that he has been transferred to. His pals are stationed in Afghanistan, in the Adam Kala region, south of Kabul.

Like a letter you get through the post, Letters from War, by Portuguese director Ivo M. Ferreira, in competition at the 66th Berlin Film Festival, is like a lovely surprise which, when you open it, leaves you feeling warm inside with a touch of heartache.

A Syrian Love Story by Sean McAllister

After winning the Grand Jury Award at the Sheffield Doc/Fest (5-10 June) on Wednesday, Sean McAllister's A Syrian Love Story [+] was screened for the second time at Bologna's Biografilm Festival (5-15 June). The acclaimed British documentarist...

On a hedonistic Greek island, a middle-aged doctor becomes obsessed with a young tourist when she lets him tag along with her group of hard partying friends.