The three finalists for the 2017 Lux Film Prize all tackle themes of identity and prejudice: from Sweden's 'Sámi Blood' by director Amanda Kernell, 'Western' by German director Valeska Grisebach, to France's Oscar contender for this year, 'BPM' by Robin Campillo.
You all have to stay here or you will die out. And if I don't want to be here? This young reindeer-herding girl is the heroine of director Amanda Kernell's first feature film, Sami Blood, one of the three finalists of the European Parliament Lux Film Prize. Sami Blood follows a Lapp girl determined to get the education she craves despite the discrimination against indigenous Sami people in the 1930s. Elle-Marja, be a good example now. Have you gone totally nuts? Have you considered the locals? Valeska Grisebach's thriller 'Western' follows a group of German construction workers in a remote part of the Bulgarian countryside and their tense relationship with the locals. Légionnaire. Killer? Hello, we're here to talk about AIDS... BPM (Beats per Minute) by director Robin Campillo looks at a group of Act Up activists in France in the 90s and their fight to draw attention to the country's AIDS crisis. It's already a hit: it won the Grand Prix at Cannes and has been chosen to represent France at the Oscars. Now as part of the Lux Film Days project, the films are translated into all of the EU's 24 official languages, and screened around Europe, with live Q&A sessions with cast and crew. MEPs will vote for their favourite film, with the winner announced in a ceremony in Strasbourg in November.