'Girlhood,' 'Ida,' 'Class Enemy' Nominees for European Parliament's LUX Prize 2014
French drama Girlhood, Polish period feature Ida and Class Enemy from Slovenian first-timer Rok Bicek are the three finalists for this year's LUX Prize, the cinema award presented by the European Parliament.
All 751 members of the European Parliament are invited to vote for their favorite of the trio with the winner to be announced December 17 at a formal sitting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
The EU will pay for all three nominated films to be subtitled into the 24 official EU languages. They will also be screened in more than 40 cities and 18 festivals across the continent.
Girlhood, French director Celine Sciamma's third feature, opened this year's Directors' Fortnight section in Cannes and was an instant critical and audience hit. The drama focuses on a black girl-gang living in the Paris suburbs. Strand picked up Girlhood for domestic release in 2015.
The black and white feature Ida, from acclaimed Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski (My Summer of Love), follows a young novice nun in 1960s Poland. On the verge of taking her vows, she discovers a dark family secret dating back to time of Nazi occupation. Ida has won numerous awards, including the Grand Prix at the Warsaw international film festival, the Fipresci international critics award at last year's Toronto film fest and best film, best director and best actress honors (for star Agata Kulesza) at the Polish Eagles, Poland's equivalent to the Oscars.
Ida earned a respectable $3.5 million on limited release in the US for Music Box Films.
Class Enemy, the debut feature from director Bicek, looks at high-school class that spins out of control after a suicide. Class Enemy debuted in Venice last year, where it won best film in the International Film Critics Week section.