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The 2017 LUX Prize reveals its Official Selection

After last year’s successful edition, which marked the 10th anniversary of the initiative, the LUX Prize continues embracing an unpredictable variety of genres and tones from all over Europe. 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 2017 edition has just kicked off at the 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival with the unveiling of the ten films honoured with a place in its Official Selection.

The selected films:

A CiambraJonas Carpignano (Italy/Brazil/United States/France/Germany/Sweden)
BPM (Beats Per Minute)Robin Campillo (France)
GloryKristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov (Bulgaria/Greece)
HeartstoneGuðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson (Iceland/Denmark)
King of the Belgians  – Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth (Belgium/Netherlands/Bulgaria)
Sámi BloodAmanda Kernell (Sweden/Denmark/Norway)
Summer 1993Carla Simón (Spain)
The Last Family  – Jan P Matuszyński (Poland)
The Other Side of Hope  – Aki Kaurismäki (Finland/Germany)
WesternValeska Grisebach (Germany/Bulgaria/Austria)

The selection was unveiled by Member of the European Parliament Helga Trüpel, vice-chair of the Committee on Budgetary Control Martina Dlabajova, member of the Committee on Culture and Education Bogdan Wenta and LUX Prize coordinator Doris Pack. Three thematic focuses can be identified from the films in the selection, which perfectly mirror what Europe and Europeans are going through at the moment. A batch of coming-of-age stories, about young characters opening their eyes to what surrounds them in order to understand reality and the societies and communities they belong to; a selection of socially engaged films that tackle timely topics in both heartfelt and intelligent ways, with touches of genre and even comedy; and portraits of the modern socio-political absurdity, crucial in the current post-truth era that we live in, stand out in the official selection.