LUX AWARD 2021

The LUX Audience Award nominees receive international praise Another Round, Collective and Corpus Christi keep earning recognition during the run for the pan-European award.

Back in December, during the virtual ceremony of the 2020 European Films Awards, the LUX Audience Award announced the three finalists for its 2021 edition: Another Round by Thomas Vinterberg, Collective by Alexander Nanau, and Corpus Christi by Jan Komasa (see the news). The winner of the newly rebranded pan-European award, a joint effort by the European Parliament and the European Film Academy in partnership with the European Commission and the Europa Cinemas network, will be selected based on votes from both the European public and the Members of the European Parliament (each representing 50%). Just a couple of months into the run for the coveted award, all three finalists are proving tough competitors, earning well-deserved recognition all over the world with numerous awards and nominations.

On 9 February, it was announced that both Another Round and Collective had made the shortlist for the 2021 Oscars (see the news). Thomas Vinterberg’s alcohol-fuelled drama, which emerged triumphant at the 2020 European Film Awards (where it scored four prizes, including Best European Film and Best European Actor for Mads Mikkelsen), stands out as the frontrunner in the International Feature Film category of the Oscars, after being shortlisted for the British Academy Film Awards, the Golden Globes and the Césars, among others, and becoming a local box-office hit in Denmark.

Likewise, Alexander Nanau’s investigative documentary has also gathered a fair amount of success, including the Documentary of the Year award handed by the London Critics' Circle (where Vinterberg won the prize for best foreign language film). Collective has also been shortlisted for the BAFTAs and the Spirit Awards, and it might score a double nomination at the Oscars (where it has made the cut in both the Documentary and International Feature shortlists).

As for Corpus Christi, one of the most celebrated European titles of last year, Komasa’s flick is still going strong with a fresh nomination at the César Awards (see the news). This film about a conflicted young man (brilliantly played by Bartosz Bielenia) posing as a priest in rural Poland swept the Polish Film Awards last year and became one of the finalists for Best International Film at the Oscars, whilst earning various accolades around the globe.

Soon enough, one of these three titles will also walk home with the new LUX Audience Award, which has just updated its calendar and timeline for the upcoming months.

The LUX Audience Award Ceremony, where the winner will finally be unveiled, was initially scheduled for April 2021. However, the uncertainty created by the Covid-19 pandemic has forced the physical event to be postponed until 9 June, during the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Meanwhile, the Watch & Vote period, which kicked off on 13 December, has been extended accordingly, with audiences across Europe able to cast their votes for their favourite films until 23 May. From March to May, the LUX Film Days will unfold in the Member States, as will the internal voting of the MEPs inside the Parliament. Around 9 May, during the LUX Audience Week, simultaneous screenings of the three nominees will be organised throughout Europe (either as hybrid or online events). This new calendar will allow for a wider circulation and a more balanced visibility of the three finalists, which are still to be released in many European territories.

In the meantime, the LUX Award has made available an online search tool where audiences can find information on where to watch the finalists in the different EU countries, both at physical screenings and on VOD platforms. All the information can be found at luxaward.eu