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[22.10.2008]

“Lorna’s Silence” winner of the European Parliament LUX Prize for Cinema

The European Parliament on Wednesday awarded its LUX prize for cinema to Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne for their film Lorna’s silence, a European co-production supported by Eurimages, already a prize-winner at the Cannes Film Festival.

Awarded only for the second time, the value of this prize is estimated at 87.000 euros. Its aim is to enable the winning film to be subtitled in the 23 official languages of the European Union and thus break through the language barrier which can often hamper the international distribution of European films.
"This prize is very important because we know that European cinema has had lots of problems compared to another giant (the United States) which has lots of money, or at least which still has some" said Luc Dardenne, upon receiving the prize in Strasbourg in the Parliament’s assembly chamber.

According to the director, "We have a real problem in Europe, where we don't see enough films from other European countries. We don't see films from Lithuania, Latvia or Poland, or at least very few”, "this prize, which will allow subtitling, is the first remedy to this real problem. I hope that all the distributors and exhibitors in Europe will understand the message of this prize ".

Lorna’s silence already won the prize for best screenplay at the 61st Cannes Film Festival in June, where the Dardenne brothers also received Golden Palms for Rosetta in 1999 and L’enfant in 2005.

Lorna’s silence is a drama about immigration. Filmmakers of the real world, concerned about poverty and social injustice, the Dardennes have once again put immigration at the heart of a feature inspired by a news item, twelve years after La promesse in which a corrupt landlord takes advantage of illegal immigrant workers.

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  • It is with a profound sense of shock that we have learned of the death of Artan Minarolli, Albanian representative at Eurimages Board of Management. In Artan, Eurimages has lost not only a valued filmmaker but also a great friend, appreciated by all for his kindness and warmth.  We grieve the loss of Artan with the Albanian film community, the memory of Artan will remain with us through his films and his unforgettable smile.

  • The new regulations for Co-production support are now available! They will come into force on 1 January 2016. Click here to access the full text!

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  • From 1 January 2016, the rules for Eurimages' support for theatres have been modified. A theatre that wishes to join the network must apply before 30 June at 6pm of the current year for an accession the following year.

    Full participation in the Creative Europe-Media Sub-programme is announced for 2016 for “the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, Albania and Serbia. Therefore these countries will no longer be eligible for Eurimages’ theatre support programme.

    Only theatres located in Eurimages member states that do not have access to support under the Creative Europe MEDIA programme are eligible for the Eurimages programme of support for theatres: Armenia, Georgia, Russian Federation, Switzerland and Turkey.

     

Info for distributors

  • From 1 January 2016, the rules for Eurimages' support for distribution have been modified.

    Full participation in the Creative Europe-Media Sub-programme is announced for 2016 for “the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, Albania and Serbia. Therefore these countries will no longer be eligible for Eurimages’ distribution support programmes.

    This support is intended for professionals based in Eurimages member states which do not have access to the EU Creative Europe-MEDIA distribution programme: Armenia, Georgia, Russian Federation, Switzerland and Turkey.

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