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Mustang gets the LUX Prize 2015
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Another trophy for Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang (Turkey/France/Germany, 2015), one of the most talked films of 2015. The European Parliament has awarded the Turkish filmmaker΄s feature debut drama with the LUX Prize 2015

Mustang topped the otherr two finalists, The Lesson by Kristina Grozeva & Petar Valchanov (Bulgaria/Greece, 2014) and Jonas Carpignano΄s Mediterranea (Italy/France/USA/Germany/Qatar, 2015). 

EP President Martin Schulz, Deniz Gamze Erguven and the Mustang team (©EU/EP/Sébastien Bozon)

“Mustang shows five strong women who want to get away from a sometimes patriarchal and hypocritical society,” stated European Parliament President Martin Schulz, presenting the prize. "Sensitivity for the diversity that the prize aims to emphasise is of the greatest importance; we have to be ready to defend what makes us who we are, something we have to defend against destruction by young people who were prepared to destroy behind their stupid ideology" he added, refering to the latest developments on public safety Western Europe is facing.

Mustang first drew attention at the last Cannes Film Festival΄s Director΄s Fortnight, is one of the films nominated for the European Film Awards 2015 and France΄s Oscars 2016 submissions. Set in a Black Sea town, the film follows five Turkish sisters in their teen years who have their basic freedoms stripped from. 

Decided by votes of members of the European Parliament, the LUX Prize is intended to celebrate the diversity and the social relevance of cinema in Europe, and, Mustang has been picked out as the best example of this. The LUX Film Days, part of the LUX Prize, have assured the screenings of the three finalist films all around the continent, and later on, the LUX Prize Public Mention will be awarded, following the audience΄s vote. 

The LUX Prize ceremony is followed by a press seminar, whith the European Parliament (EP) will host a series of conferences and panels: “Cinema Education, or the need to lay the foundations of a common language via European cinema” will feature the presence of acclaimed filmmaker, and President of the Cinémathèque Française Costa Gavras, EP member Bogdan Wenta and director Petar Valchanov, while the panel “LUX Prize: topical films as a tool for cultural diplomacy” will welcome EP members Elmar Brok and Silvia Costa and the directors of the nominated films. Lastly, a panel on gender equality in the audiovisual industry, “A not very (gender) balanced endeavour”, will see EP΄s Vice-President Ulrike Lunacek, EP members Julie Ward, EWA Network director Francine Ravenay, The Lesson’s lead actress Margita Gosheva and the LUX Prize winner, Deniz Gamze Ergüven, giving their insights on the topic. 

Mustang was first screened in Greece at the last Thessaloniki Film Festival, while the Athenian audience will enjoy it today at the 28th Panorama Of European Cinema.

Source: LUX Prize official website
  The Lesson
  Costas Gavras
  Margita Gosheva
  Kristina Grozeva
  Petar Valchanov
  Deniz Gamze Erguven
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  LUX Prize 2015 Ceremony
  LUX Prize official website
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