On November 16th, the 5th edition of LUX Prize was attributed by the European Parliament to the French movie “Les neiges du Kilimandjaro” (“The snows of Kilimanjaro”). The prize of €90,000 will sponsor the subtitling of the film into the 23 official EU languages.
By Nino Gelashvili
LUX prize is given by the European Parliament since 2007. Parliament’s support for European cinema includes specific legislation to promote the diversity of, and access to, cinematographic works.
The panel includes producers, distributors, cinema operators, festival directors and film critics. Three finalists are annually announced for the prize. Only the 736 Members of the European Parliament are entitled to vote.
In competition this year was Greece’s political drama from Athina Rachel Tsangari’s « Attenberg », France’s “Les neiges du Kilimandjaro” by Robert Guédiguian and “Play” by Ruben Östlund – a Swedish, French, Danish production.
As director of the movie Robert Guédiguian said, its movie is about “faithfulness, solidarity and morality“. ‘Les neiges du Kilimandjaro’ tells the story about Michel and Marie-Claire, whose happiness is shattered when two armed and masked men violently attack them and steal the money for a trip to Kilimandjaro, and the impact of their discoveries about the perpetrators.
Previous winners were “Auf der anderen Seite“ in 2007, “Le silence de Lorna” in 2008, “Welcome” in 2009 and “Die Fremde” in 2010.
Beyond the stories they tell, these films explore and question European shared values, look at the level of support for the project of building Europe and address cross-border concerns such as immigration, justice, solidarity, public freedoms and fundamentals rights. Each film offers a glimpse into the lives of Europeans, their convictions and doubts and their quest for identity.