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Lux 2016

Exciting News


The 2016 Lux Prize Finalists were presented in competition by the UK Film Festival in association with Leeds International Film Festival in Leeds in November. In London the three films were screened by the Barbican Cinema.

Two of the films have now been nominated for Oscars.

”Toni Erdmann", which also won the UKFF Best Comedy Feature is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film; “My Life as a Courgette”, released in America as “My Life as a Zucchini”, which won the UKFF Best Feature Animation is nominated for Best Animated Feature.


The finalists that competed for the 2016 Lux Film Prize were: “À peine j´ouvre les yeux”  (As I Open My Eyes) by Leyla Bouzid (France, Tunisia, Belgium, United Arab Emirates), “Ma vie de courgette”  (My Life as a Courgette) by Claude Barras (Switzerland, France) and “Toni Erdmann” by Maren Ade (Germany, Romania, Austria). The three films showcase a wide variety of genres, topics and artistic approaches: a testimony of a young generation in Tunisia, a stop-motion animation film portraying life in an orphanage and a hilarious political tragicomedy dealing with contemporary corporate culture.


The finalists were announced  on 26 July in Rome during the Venice Days by Parliament’s culture committee chair Sivlia Costa.


This year also marks the 10th anniversary of the Lux Prize and to celebrate it leading figures in European cinema will join MEPs for a series of events in Brussels on 10 October.


For more details, please contact press officer Cornelia Gusa:

Phone: (+32) 2 28 32601 (Brussels) or (+33) 3 881 73784 (Strasbourg)

Lux 2016 shortlist

Given out each year by the European Parliament in order to cast a spotlight on the diversity of European cinema, the LUX Prize 2016 Official Selection has been unveiled during the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

The films that were selected as the shortlist are:

À Peine J’ouvre les Yeux (As I Open My Eyes)

by Leyla Bouzid

Belgium, France, Tunisia

102 min

A Syrian Love Story

by Sean McAllister

United Kingdom

90 min

Cartas da Guerra (Letters From War)

by Ivo M Ferreira


105 mins

Krigen (A War)

by Tobias Lindholm


115 min

L’Avenir (Things to Come)

by Mia Hansen-Løve

France, Germany

100 min

Ma Vie de Courgette (My Life as a Courgette)

by Claude Barras

Switzerland, France

66 min


by Cristi Puiu

France, Romania

173 min


by Argyris Papadimitropoulos


104 min










Toni Erdmann

by Maren Ade

Austria, Germany, Romania

162 min

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