Lux Prize

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European Parliament LUX Prize
Lux Prize logo.png
2007 logo. The trophy is inspired by-, and the underlying concept of the award is the Tower of Babel.
Awarded forExcellence in illustrating the universality of European values and the diversity of European culture
CountryCountries eligible for the European Commission Media Programme
Presented byEuropean Parliament
First awarded2007

The European Parliament LUX Prize is a prize given to a competing film by the European Parliament. Introduced in 2007, it is named after the unit of illuminance, "lux", which is Latin for "light". The objective of the LUX Prize is to illuminate the public debate on European integration and to facilitate the diffusion of European films in the European Union. In order to support the European film industry and help the most significant European (co)productions circulate beyond their national market, the European Parliament LUX Film Prize subtitles the 3 competing films into 24 official languages of the European Union and screens them in all the 28 EU countries during the LUX Film Days. In doing so, the European Parliament supports cultural diversity, as it brings films to audiences across Europe and encourages debate on the issues they raise. The award is a tool that shows the complexity of European identity, as it interprets and presents the realities of European successes and challenges.

Award process[edit]

Selection criteria[edit]

Films to be selected have to meet following criteria:

  • Fiction or documentary films (may be animated)
  • Minimum length of 60 minutes
  • Produced or co-produced in a European Union country or in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland
  • Illustrates the universality of European values and the diversity of European culture, bringing insights into the debate on the process of building Europe
  • Released for the first time between May 1 of the previous year and June 1 of the current year.

Preselection panel[edit]

For the first edition of the prize, three films were shortlisted by a 17-member panel composed mainly of people working in the cinematic professions who were appointed by the European Parliament's Culture and Education Committee. Each film is shown nine times within the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, in a 90-seat cinema room specially conceived and built for this purpose.

Selection and voting[edit]

Date Place Result Notes
February Selection starts
June–July Karlovy Vary International Film Festival,
Karlovy Vary,
the Czech Republic
Launch of the Selection process Public announcement of the 10-LUX films of the Official Selection
September Rome,
Selection of the 3 shortlist films Announcement of the 3 films in the Official Competition
September Venice Film Festival,
Special screenings Venice Days
September–November LUX Film Days,
cities across European Union member states, candidates, European Economic Area, Switzerland
Special screenings Launched in 2012, the project aims to bring the screenings of the 3 finalists of the award. It is aired mainly in the cinemas that are part of the Europa Cinemas film theater networks. For most countries, the screenings are also national premieres. Screenings take place also in cooperation with film festivals:
Thessaloniki International Film Festival,
Stockholm International Film Festival,
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival,
• Sevilla Film Festival,
Sofia International Film Festival,
Zagreb Film Festival.
November internet final voting Only the 754 Members of the European Parliament, who have seen all three films during the screenings or extra muros, are entitled to vote. Voting takes place electronically via the intranet site at the Parliament. The film which gains the highest number of votes is the winner.
November–December the Seat of the European Parliament,
the formal, official sitting session of parliament, Selection of the winner LUX Prize Award Ceremony and seminar for journalists


The producers of the ten shortlisted films are required to provide digital copies in the form of DVDs, Vimeo link, or OpenDCP for the members of the European Parliament. In 2015, the shortlisted Son of Saul was disqualified when the production team refused to provide this fearing from these copies being pirated.[1]

The prize[edit]

The LUX Prize consists of assistance in kind in the form of subtitling and video-to-film transfer (kinescopage) of the winning film in the 24 official EU languages (including the film's original language, for the deaf and hard of hearing).

In the case that the winning film has already been sold for projection in cinemas in some countries and subtitled for the purpose, the nature of the prize (e.g. assistance with production of the DVD) will be determined by agreement between the European Parliament and the film's appointed representatives.

The trophy forming the LUX Prize's visual identity is created by the Belgian artist Jocelyne Coster and inspired by a representation of the Tower of Babel, the symbol also used by the European Parliament to indicate multilingualism and cultural diversity united in a single place and with a single goal. The trophy is presented in the plenary in Strasbourg, France to the laureate by the Parliament President in front of the MEPs, and representatives from the other films in competition.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold.


Year Result English title Original title Director Nationality of Director
(at time of film's release)
Language Academy Awards
Best Foreign Language Film
European Film Awards
Best Film
2007 Winner The Edge of Heaven Auf der anderen Seite Fatih Akın  Germany German, Turkish, English submission nomination
Top-3 Shortlist 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days 4 luni, 3 săptămâni şi 2 zile Cristian Mungiu  Romania Romanian submission won
Belle Toujours Manoel de Oliveira  Portugal French
Selection Das Fräulein Andrea Štaka   Switzerland German, Swiss German dialect, Serbo-Croatian
Kalinovsky Squere Ploshcha Jury Chaščavacki  Belarus Russian, Belarusian, English (subtitles)
It Happened Just Before Kurz davor ist es passiert Anja Salomonowitz  Austria German
Iska's Journey Iszka utazása Csaba Bollók  Hungary Hungarian, Romanian
California Dreamin' California Dreamin' (nesfârșit) Cristian Nemescu  Romania Romanian, English
2008 Winner Lorna's Silence Le Silence de Lorna Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne  Belgium French, Italian, German
Top-3 Shortlist Delta Kornél Mundruczó  Hungary Hungarian
Citizen Havel Občan Havel Miroslav Janek and Pavel Koutecký  Czech Republic Czech
Selection Revanche Götz Spielmann  Austria German, Russian
The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner Светът е голям и спасение дебне отвсякъде Stefan Komandarev  Bulgaria Bulgarian, German, Italian, Slovenian
Cloud 9 Wolke Neun Andreas Dresen  Germany German
Tricks Sztuczki Andrzej Jakimowski  Poland Polish
Autumn Ball Sügisball Veiko Õunpuu  Estonia Estonian
Worlds Apart To verdener Niels Arden Oplev  Denmark Danish
The rest of the night Il Resto della notte Francesco Munzi  Italy Italian, Romanian
2009 Winner Welcome Philippe Lioret  France French, English, Kurdish, Turkish
Top-3 Shortlist Eastern Plays Източни пиеси Kamen Kalev  Bulgaria Bulgarian
Storm Sturm Hans-Christian Schmid  Germany English, German, Bosnian, Serbian
Selection Pandora's Box Pandora'nın Kutusu Yeşim Ustaoğlu  Turkey Turkish
35 Shots of Rum 35 Rhums Claire Denis  France French, German
Ander Roberto Castón  Spain Basque, Spanish
North Nord Rune Denstad Langlo  Norway Norwegian
Katalin Varga Peter Strickland  United Kingdom Hungarian, Romanian
Lost Persons Area Caroline Strubbe  Belgium English, Dutch, Hungarian
For a Moment, Freedom Ein Augenblick Freiheit Francesco Munzi  Austria English, Persian, Turkish


Year Result English title Original title Director Nationality of Director
(at time of film's release)
Language Academy Awards
Best Foreign Language Film
European Film Awards
Best Film
2010 Winner When We Leave Die Fremde Feo Aladag  Austria [2] German, Turkish
Top-3 Shortlist Akadimia Platonos Ακαδημία Πλάτωνος Filippos Tsitos  Greece Greek, Albanian, German
Illégal Olivier Masset-Depasse  Belgium [3] French
Selection Medal of Honor Medalia de onoare Calin Peter Netzer  Romania Romanian
The Mouth of the Wolf La bocca del lupo Pietro Marcello  Italy Italian
Lourdes Jessica Hausner  Austria French
I Am Love Io sono l'amore Luca Guadagnino  Italy Italian
Bibliothèque Pascal Szabolcs Hajdu  Hungary Romanian, English, Hungarian
R Tobias Lindholm, Michael Noer  Denmark Danish, Arabic
Eastern Drift Eurazijos aborigenas Šarūnas Bartas  Lithuania French, Lithuanian, Russian
2011 Winner The Snows of Kilimanjaro Les Neiges du Kilimandjaro Robert Guédiguian  France French
Top-3 Shortlist Attenberg Athina Rachel Tsangari  Greece Greek
Play Ruben Östlund  Sweden Swedish
Selection Mysteries of Lisbon Mistérios de Lisboa Raúl Ruiz  Portugal Portuguese, French, English
Le Havre Aki Kaurismäki  Finland French
The Turin Horse A torinói ló Béla Tarr  Hungary Hungarian
Morgen Marian Crişan  Romania Romanian, Hungarian, Turkish
Essential Killing Jerzy Skolimowski  Poland English, Polish, Arabic
We Have a Pope Habemus Papam Nanni Moretti  Italy Italian
Pina Wim Wenders  Germany German, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Slovenian, Korean, Spanish
2012 Winner Shun Li and the Poet Io sono Li Andrea Segre  Italy Italian, Mandarin
Top-3 Shortlist Just the Wind Csak a szél Benedek Fliegauf  Hungary
Tabu Miguel Gomes  Portugal
Selection Caesar Must Die Cesare deve morire Vittorio Taviani, Paolo Taviani  Italy nomination
Children of Sarajevo Djeca Aida Begić  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Barbara Christian Petzold  Germany submission nomination
Crulic: The Path to Beyond Crulic - Drumul spre dincolo Anca Damian  Romania
Louise Wimmer Cyril Mennegun  France
Sister L'Enfant d'en haut Ursula Meier  France
Our Children À perdre la raison Joachim Lafosse  Belgium
2013 Winner The Broken Circle Breakdown Felix Van Groeningen  Belgium Dutch nomination nomination
Top-3 Shortlist Miele Valeria Golino  Italy
The Selfish Giant Clio Barnard  United Kingdom
Selection Fortress Pevnost Lukáš Kokeš, Klára Tasovská  Czech Republic
A Coffee In Berlin Oh Boy! Jan Ole Gerster  Germany nomination
The Plague La Plaga Neus Ballús  Spain
The Great Beauty La grande bellezza Paolo Sorrentino  Italy
Circles Кругови Srdan Golubovic  Serbia
In Bloom გრძელი ნათელი დღეები Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Groß  Georgia  Germany
Eat Sleep Die Äta sova dö Gabriela Pichler  Sweden
2014 Winner Ida Paweł Pawlikowski  Poland Polish, French, Latin won won
Top-3 Shortlist Class Enemy Razredni sovražnik Rok Biček  Slovenia
Girlhood Bande de filles Céline Sciamma  France
Selection White God Fehér isten Kornél Mundruczó  Hungary
Beautiful Youth Hermosa juventud Jaime Rosales  Spain
Stations of the Cross Kreuzweg Dietrich Brüggemann  Germany
The Wonders Le meraviglie Alice Rohrwacher  Italy
Macondo Sudabeh Mortezai  Austria
Force Majeure Turist Ruben Östlund  Sweden
Xenia Panos H. Koutras  Greece
2015 Winner Mustang Deniz Gamze Ergüven  Turkey Turkish nomination nomination
Top-3 Shortlist Mediterranea Jonas Carpignano  Italy
The Lesson Урок Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov  Bulgaria
Selection Rams Hrútar Grímur Hákonarson  Iceland
45 Years Andrew Haigh  United Kingdom
A Perfect Day Un día perfecto Fernando León de Aranoa  Spain
The Measure of a Man La Loi du marché Stéphane Brizé  France
Son of Saul Saul fia László Nemes  Hungary German, Hungarian, Polish, Yiddish, Russian, Slovak, Czech, Greek won
Toto and His Sisters Toto si surorile lui Alexander Nanau  Romania
The High Sun Zvizdan Dalibor Matanić  Croatia
2016 Winner Toni Erdmann Maren Ade  Germany [4] German, English, Romanian won won
Top-3 Shortlist As I Open My Eyes À Peine J'Ouvre Les Yeux Leyla Bouzid  Tunisia
My Life as a Courgette Ma Vie de Courgette Claude Barras   Switzerland
Selection A War Krigen Tobias Lindholm  Denmark
Things to Come L'Avenir Mia Hansen-Løve  France
Sieranevada Cristi Puiu  Romania
Like Crazy La pazza gioia Paolo Virzi  Italy
A Syrian Love Story Sean McAllister  United Kingdom
Letters from War Cartas da Guerra Ivo Ferreira  Portugal
Suntan Argyris Papadimitropoulos  Greece
2017 Winner Sami Blood Sameblod Amanda Kernell  Sweden[5] Swedish, South Sami
Top-3 Shortlist BPM (Beats per Minute) 120 battements par minute Robin Campillo  France French
Western Valeska Grisebach  Germany German, Bulgarian
Selection A Ciambra Jonas Carpignano  Italy Italian
Glory Слава Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov  Bulgaria Bulgarian
Heartstone Hjartasteinn Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson  Iceland Icelandic
King of the Belgians Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth  Belgium  United States English, Flemish, French, Bulgarian
Summer 1993 Estiu 1993 Carla Simón  Spain Catalan
The Last Family Ostatnia rodzina Jan P. Matuszynski  Poland Polish
The Other Side of Hope Toivon tuolla puolen Aki Kaurismäki  Finland Finnish, English, Arabic
2018 Winner Woman at War Kona fer í stríð Benedikt Erlingsson  Iceland Icelandic, Spanish, English, Ukrainian
Top-3 Shortlist The Other Side of Everything Druga strana svega Mila Turajlić  Serbia
Styx Wolfgang Fischer  Austria
Selection Border Gräns Ali Abbasi  Denmark Swedish submission nomination
Girl Lukas Dhont  Belgium
Mug Twarz Małgorzata Szumowska  Poland Polish
Utøya: July 22 Utøya 22. juli Erik Poppe  Norway Norwegian
Donbass Донбас Sergei Loznitsa  Ukraine Russian, Ukrainian submission
Happy as Lazzaro Lazzaro felice Alice Rohrwacher  Italy Italian nomination
The Silence of Others El silencio de otros Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar  Spain  United States
2019 Top-3 Shortlist God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunija (winner 2019) Gospod postoi, imeto i' e Petrunija Teona Strugar Mitevska  North Macedonia
The Realm El reino Rodrigo Sorogoyen  Spain Spanish
Cold Case Hammarskjöld Mads Brügger  Denmark
Selection Clergy Kler Wojciech Smarzowski  Poland Polish
Her Job I douleia tis Nikos Labôt  France
Honeyland Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov  North Macedonia Macedonian, Turkish, Bosnian submission
Invisibles Les invisibles Louis-Julien Petit  France French
Ray & Liz Richard Billingham  United Kingdom English
System Crasher Systemsprenger Nora Fingscheidt  Germany German nomination
The Man Who Surprised Everyone Человек, который удивил всех Natasha Merkulova, Aleksey Chupov  Russia Russian

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Varga Ferenc (July 24, 2015). "Deutsch Tamás sem nézheti meg laptopon a Saul fiát". Origo.
  2. ^ European Parliament - News - Parliament's 2010 LUX Cinema Prize goes to "Die Fremde" Archived 2010-11-09 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ European Parliament - News - 2010 LUX Prize finalists Archived 2015-02-15 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ European Parliament - News - “Toni Erdmann” - winner of the 10th LUX Film Prize
  5. ^ European Parliament - News - The LUX Prize goes to Sámi Blood