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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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