The 2022 LUX Audience Award is ready for Cannes

The 2022 LUX Audience Award is ready for Cannes

A delegation from the European Parliament will take part in the European Film Forum and host a networking event to present the second edition of the award

The LUX Audience Award will have a strong presence at the 75º edition of the Cannes Film Festival, which will take place from 17 to 28 May 2022. During the last few weeks, the world’s most prestigious film event has announced the titles and filmmakers that will feature in the Official Selection (see news), which includes several former LUX winners and nominees competing for the coveted Palme d'Or: Ali Abbasi (LUX selection in 2018 with Border), Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne (LUX winners in 2008 with Lorna's Silence), Claire Denis (LUX finalist in 2009 with 35 Shots of Rum), Lukas Dhont (shortlisted in the 2018 LUX selection with Girl), Felix van Groeningen (director of The Broken Circle Breakdown, LUX winner in 2013), Cristian Mungiu (director of 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, LUX finalist in 2007), Ruben Östlund (shortlisted in 2011 and 2014 with Play and Force Majeure, respectively), Jerzy Skolimowski (LUX selection in 2011 with Essential Killing) and Rodrigo Sorogoyen (director of The Realm, LUX finalist in 2019).

Not only the Competition films will include LUX talents in this edition of the French gathering. If we look at the Cannes Official Jury (see news), we also find members of the ever-growing LUX family, starting from the Jury president, French actor Vincent Lindon (who starred in Welcome by Philippe Lioret, LUX Official Selection in 2009; and The Measure of a Man by Stéphane Brizé, LUX Official Selection in 2015), as well as Italian actress Jasmine Trinca (star of Valeria Golino’s Miele, LUX Official Selection in 2013). Moreover, in the Cannes’ parallel sidebars we find other LUX talents such as Benedikt Erlingsson (director of Woman at War, LUX winner in 2018) and María Zamora (producer of Estiu 1993, LUX Official Selection in 2017), both members of the Official Jury at the Semaine de la Critique.

In addition, the European Parliament will be present in La Croisette with a delegation of members and representatives that will take part in different meetings and activities. On Friday 20, MEP Laurence Farreng will be making the closing remarks at the European Film Forum conference, entitled ‘Building Europe’s cultural autonomy: MediaInvest and the way forward in the AV sector’, a session aimed at investors and fund managers interested in the great potential of European productions, exploitation rights and distribution, while MEP Niklass Nienass will speak at the meeting with Ukrainian filmmakers and audiovisual professionals.

On May 21, at 6 PM, the European Parliament and the European Film Academy, in cooperation with Europa Cinemas and Creative Europe, will host an event with film professionals at the Plage de la Quinzaine to present the second edition of the award and the 2022 nominees: Flee by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Great Freedom by Sebastian Meise, and Quo Vadis, Aida? by Jasmila Žbanić. Among the speakers, we find Evelyn Regner, Vice President of the European Parliament, Nico Simon, President of Europa Cinemas, Matthijs Wouter Knol, CEO and Director of European Film Academy, and Giuseppe Abbamonte, Director of MEDIA at the European Commission.

In the meantime, the three LUX contenders continue their tour across the Member States, taking part in numerous screenings throughout Europe — more than 430 so far. Audiences can still rate the titles on the LUX Audience Award official website and win a trip to attend the Award Ceremony in Strasbourg, scheduled for 8 June.