The competition was announced recently in Rome at the press conference for Venice Days. The 3 chosen films will be screened in the next edition of la Mostra del Cinema di Venezia. “Mediterranea” premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in the Critic’s Week sidebar back in May.
The biggest reward that comes with the Lux Film Prize are the funds to cover the cost of producing a DCP with subtitles into the 24 languages for the 28 country members of the EU. The other two nominees are Turkey’s “Mustang” (U.S: Cohen Media Group) by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, which also premiered at Cannes; and Bulgaria’s “The Lesson” (U.S: Film Movement) by Kristina Grozeva & Petar Valchanov
In recent editions the main Lux Film Prize went in 2014 to the Academy Award-winning Polish film “Ida” by Pawel Pawlikowski and in 2013 to the Oscar-nominated Belgian drama “The Broken Circle Breakdown” by Felix van Groeningen.