The ten feature films pre-selected to compete for European Parliament LUX Prize, have been unveiled at the Brussels Film Festival.
Szabolcs Hajdu’s BIBLIOTHEQUE PASCAL is among the contenders.
Through the partnership it has sealed this year with the Brussels European Film Festival, the European Parliament today unveils the Official Selection of its film prize - the LUX Prize. Ten European films including Szabolcs Hajdu’s Bibliotheque Pascal, are in the Official Selection.
The three finalists will be disclosed during the Venice IFF’s first press conference end of July. The three competing films will be shown at the European Parliament in autumn. A vote will be cast by the 736 Members of the European Parliament to elect the winner, which will then be awarded the LUX Prize 2010 at the European Parliament in November in Strasbourg.
Szabolcs Hajdu’s Bibliotheque Pascal won the Golden Reel main prize at the Hungarian Film Week in Budapest earlier this year. The international premiere was hosted by Berlinale’s Forum in February.
Szabolcs Hajdu’s 5th feature film is about Mona Paparu who is bringing up her three-year-old daughter alone. Because of a trip abroad she has to leave the child with her aunt. The Child Protection Agency takes the little girl away from the aunt. When Mona returns home she has to give an account to the CPA on how she spent her time abroad.
The film tells the story of her travels, her love and the story of her life in Western Europe... as recounted by Mona Paparu.
Bibliotheque Pascal is a Hungarian-German-UK co-production supported by the Motion Picture Public Foundation of Hungary.
Since three years, LUX Prize presents every year ten films, whose subjects concern fundamental issues of the European public debate. Each one opens a sensitive view on Europeans, their daily life and their search for individual and collective identity. With the LUX Prize, the European Parliament intends to lift the linguistic barriers obstructing the film circulation in Europe. Like Auf der Anderen Seite by Fatih Akin (2007), Le Silence de Lorna by the Dardenne brothers (2008) or Welcome by Philippe Lioret (2009), the nominee of the LUX prize 2010 will benefit from the support of the European Parliament financing around 90.000 Euros for:
- subtitling the original version in the 23 official languages of the European Union, including the adaptation of the original version for the persons with a visual or auditory handicap;
- the production, by member state, of a 35mm print or help with a DVD release.
The aims of the LUX Prize
Shedding a different light on the European public debate: One of the main criteria in selecting the films short-listed for the LUX Prize has been their success in showing the process of building Europe in a different light. As the European Union works on a new treaty, the artistic and narrative quality of the winning film will give the audience a glimpse of a submerged dimension of the European venture – the individual, perhaps the intimate, dimension.
Facilitating circulation of European films: Breaking through the language barrier that prevents films from moving around the European Union is the other major objective of the LUX Prize. It will give a powerful circulation boost to a cinematic work within the common market and will ultimately add to Europe’s cinematographic and cultural wealth.