Who will the winner be?
Lux Prize finalists Sámi Blood, Western and BPM are European films that challenge prejudices and raise questions about European identity. All boast strong characters fighting for their identity, but the stories they tell are very different. The films have been subtitled in the EU's 24 official languages and are being shown in the framework of the Lux Film Days, which is visiting more than 50 cities of the 28 European Member States until Februar 2018.
The three finalists:
BPM (Beats per minute), France's Oscar contender for this year by director Robin Campillo, depicts the solidarity, sense of humour and determination of a group of activists fighting for more awareness of Aids and for faster progress on prevention and treatment in France in the early nineties.
Sámi Blood, by Swedish director Amanda Kernell, tells the story of a 14-year-old Lapp girl who abandons her community because she dreams of a different life, but to pursue her goal she has to face racist attitudes.
Western, by German director Valeska Grisebach, uses the ingredients of western classics to address the issues of economic migration and integration and tell a story about German workers on a construction site for a hydroelectric power station in beautiful natural surroundings in Bulgaria.
The winner will be chosen by Members of Parliament, with the award ceremony taking place on 14 November during the plenary session in Strasbourg. The European Parliament awards the Lux Film Prize every year with the aim of supporting the production and distribution of European films, stimulating reflection on current political and social issues, and celebrating European culture.