Alexandra Nanau’s “Kolektyw” was awarded the Lux Audience Award on Wednesday, awarded by MEPs and attendees. Second place goes to “Corpus Christi” by Jan Komasa, and third for “Na Rausza” by Thomas Vinterberg.
The Lux Audience Award is a new award announced at last year’s Venice Film Festival. It combines the LUX Film Award – awarded to a production that specifically encourages debate on important values of the European Union – and the Audience Award from the European Film Academy. The winner is voted on by the members of the European Parliament and the European public. It does not receive a cash prize, but the EP covers the costs of translating subtitles for the film into all official EU languages and adapting them to the needs of the visually impaired and the hard of hearing.
The winner was announced on Wednesday by European Parliament President David Sassoli at the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. It turns out to be “The Collective” by Alexandra Nanau, a story about investigative journalists exposing fraud in the Romanian health care system. “It is a great honor for me that this film was chosen by the citizens of the European Union and members of the European Parliament. I think it is a prize primarily for the victims and their families (…). It is also a reward for the persistence and courage of ordinary citizens who changed Romanian society in 2016 because they have Courage to go to the press and tell the truth,” Nanao said, receiving the figurine.
Second place went to “Corpus Christi,” directed by Jan Komasa. It won nominations for Academy Awards, European Film Awards and Caesar, as well as the Label Europa Cinemas Award at the Venice Film Festival. The film tells the story of twenty-year-old Daniel (played by Bartosh Pelinya), who is misconstrued as a priest after leaving prison.
During the Bielina concert, he thanked everyone who voted for the Polish title. He also referred to the situation in Belarus, recalling the victims of Alexander Lukashenko’s regime and the “One Minute Shout” campaign. “The only thing I can do is speak up and show my solidarity with Jana Shostak, from Belarus, who gathers people at the European Union Representation in Warsaw every day at 6 pm to shout for a minute. Here are her words: + We have been silent for 27 years, about 27 years Too long + ”- he said during the ceremony. He ended his speech with a loud cry of solidarity with the Belarusian opponents.
“Na Rausza,” directed by Thomas Vinterberg, came in third. The main character in the film is Martin (Mads Mikkelsen), who suffers from occupational burnout and a midlife crisis, and works as a high school history teacher. The man, together with several colleagues, decided to test the theory on himself that the man was born with too little alcohol concentration in the body, and slowly increasing the dose makes people braver and they begin to succeed. (PAP)
Author: Daria Borica
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