Grooming homegrown talent: MEPs selected 27 young film buffs to attend the Venice International Film Festival. Could they go on to win the Lux Prize one day, the Parliament’s own prestigious film accolade?
They’re 18 to 26. I love the cinema. I can see my future in it. They love the cinema. I'm addicted to new movies and festivals. And there are 27 of them, one from each Member State. The EP invited these film buffs to attend the Venice Film Festival. They were joined by MEPs, who also attended the screenings, of the three finalists of the Parliament’s Lux Film Prize. We want to be able to open debates throughout Europe and talk with citizens on sensitive topics in a way that is not political. MEPs aren't exciting. Violence and women, immigration, integration and poverty are all the things we discuss and vote on in the EP. The 27 young people watched dozens of films throughout the festival. And despite their different origins, they all agreed on one thing. I'm just amazed that my Bulgarian and Finnish fellow jurors had also seen it... ...but we were all able to share these films. The cinema communicates an identity but major films can play a political role, like the 2009 Lux prize winner by French director Philippe Lioret. The theme of asylum that was raised last year in 'Welcome' touched everyone even those who take a hard line on immigrants... Showing them this type of film would get them talking. Immigration, integration and cultural identity are the judges’ favourites themes. But it still remains to be seen who will take the 2010 Lux Prize: 'When We Leave' by the Austrian Feo Aladag; 'Platos Academy' by the Greek Filippos Tsitos or Illegal by the Belgian Olivier Masset-Depasse. The winner will be revealed this autumn.