The LUX Audience Award is taking another step forward in its promotion of European cinema, embracing the multifaceted nature of the new prize. The LUX Film Days are currently under way, with screenings of the three nominated titles (Another Round by Thomas Vinterberg, Collective by Alexander Nanau and Corpus Christi by Jan Komasa) happening across Europe at different events and in various formats. After announcing the extension of the Watch & Vote period, during which audiences can cast their votes for their favourite films up until 23 May, the LUX Audience Award is now presenting a series of clips featuring a diverse group of European artists, politicians and film lovers, who come together to share their love for European cinema and encourage people to participate in the voting process to “become part of Europe’s biggest film jury”.
Among the different personalities who are taking part in this initiative, under the question “Why is European cinema so special to you?”, we find Portuguese-Guinean actor Welket Bungué, star of the Berlin competition title Berlin Alexanderplatz , his co-star, German actress Annabelle Mandeng, Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgård and Poland’s Joanna Kulig, who turned heads with her performance in Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War. These talents are joined by various members of the European institutions, such as President of the European Parliament David Maria Sassoli (Italy), Chair of the Culture Committee Sabine Verheyen (Germany) and EU Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton (France).