Akin's 'Heaven' earns first Lux Prize


BRUSSELS -- "The Edge of Heaven," written and directed by Turkish-German helmer Fatih Akin, on Wednesday won the Lux Prize, the European Parliament's inaugural film award.

The award -- a special trophy shaped like the Tower of Babel -- was presented to the film's leading actress, Hanna Schygulla, by European Parliament president Hans Gert Poettering at the assembly's plenary session in Strasbourg, France.

"Heaven," which won Berlin's Golden Bear and the best screenplay award at Cannes, is Germany's entry for next year's foreign-language Oscar. It follows characters as they travel between Turkey and Germany.

The other nominees for the prize were the Romanian production "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" and the Franco-Portuguese "Belle Toujours." The choice was made by the 785-member European Parliament -- though only those members who saw all three films were eligible to vote.