EP Lux Prize 2013:

Type: News   Reference: 95250   Duration: 00:02:33  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 11/12/2013   First transmission: 11/12/2013
- statement by the laureate Background: "The Broken Circle Breakdown", a musical love story about a Belgian couple coping with a tragic loss, won the European Parliament's 2013 LUX Prize for cinema. Accepting the award from EP President Martin Schulz, director Felix Van Groeningen said: The LUX Prize is a great initiative. It makes you watch films that you would not see otherwise." The LUX Film Prize is awarded every year to films that promote European cinema, values and social issues. Congratulating the winner, President Schulz said, "By telling stories about who we are or who we could be, European films help to create a cultural consciousness for Europe. Film makers do not need us, European politicians, but we politicians need you, the film-makers. Stories and emotions can help to develop identity. European films boost a feeling of togetherness in Europe." The 2013 shortlist of three finalists also included the English film "Selfish Giant, directed by Clio Bernard, and "Miele", an Italo-French film by Valeria Golino. LINKS:LUX Prize official website http://www.luxprize.eu/

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00:00:05 Exterior view of the European Parliament, Strasbourg, France (1 shot) 00:00:05
00:00:10 SOUNDBITE (English): Felix VAN GROENINGEN, director: "Right now I'm extremely happy, it was pretty crazy to stand there in the Parliament. This film has found its way to the mind and hearts of an audience, even the European Parliament and that is fantastic." 00:00:22
00:00:32 SOUNDBITE (English): Felix VAN GROENINGEN, director: "It's a crazy love story, it is about a Belgian banjo player who meets that beautiful tattoo artist and although they very different they just click. And then we see how 6 years later have a daughter, who is a beautiful kid, but starts to get ill. And then the movie goes back and forth, jumps some time and the question the movie is asking: When you go through such difficult times will love stand?" 00:00:34
00:01:06 SOUNDBITE (English): Felix VAN GROENINGEN, director: "At some points during the making of this film I really panicked and I thought that I put too much in there, cause there a big emotions, there is the music, there is that love story, this kid, so there was a lot and somehow during editing I felt that it came together, that it became this flawing story where once you can follow very good what is happening and the other time it becomes something like an emotional rollercoaster and I don't know how I managed, when you make something you try out a lot stuff, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, so there is no big plan, it is just that you are trying to make it work." 00:00:54
00:02:00 SOUNDBITE (English): Felix VAN GROENINGEN, director: "This film is mainly financed in Belgium, so I don't think that prizes makes it easier to finance a movie necessarily, I mean it can help, but it is great to feel that every film I make, I reach a little bit of wider audience, so I'm hoping to build further on that for another project. I'm sure I will, that's simply the way things go." 00:00:33
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