“Collective” is the winning film for this year’s LUX award, the annual film award of the European Parliament. The Romanian documentary follows a team of investigators from a Bucharest-based newspaper as they attempt to investigate a case of health corruption that killed dozens of innocent citizens.
The other two finalist films were “Another Round” by Thomas Vinterberg, a co-production from Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden, and “Corpus Christi” digested by Jan Komasa and co-produced in Poland and France.
The film, which was shot before the pandemic, is nominated for an Oscars. Its director, Alexander Nanau, says that his country’s film industry desperately needs more European money. “It depends from one country to another, but in countries like Romania, I think it would be important to have even more European control over how culture is financed and supported, because Romania is a country where politicians don’t care about culture. And throughout the pandemic, there has not been a single mechanism to help culture, the film industry, the Romanians, we have not had a single round of funding since 2019 “, insure Nanau.
The three finalist films for the award received funding from the European Union. From 1991 to 2021, 2.6 billion euros have been invested in the audiovisual industry, as part of the Creative Europe Program. But over the next six years, Brussels will significantly increase funding to € 1.4 billion.
But with movie theaters at an all-time low, the future of the European film industry looks bleak. The pandemic has changed the way in which citizens consume cinema, theaters have been closed and subscriptions to video-on-demand services have increased. How can the EU ensure that the continent’s film industry remains relevant?
“We need to ensure that we have a film industry that has strong and experienced directors, but also caters for young talents who are rising, which is very difficult and can only be done with public funds because film is a very bad business for most. of the people involved. It is good business for society and culture, but for the people involved it is rarely good business. Therefore, we need public funds to continue developing talent. “asks Kasper Dissing, producer of “Another Round.”
Parliament created the LUX Prize in 2007 with the aim of supporting the production and distribution of European films, reflecting current political and social issues and celebrating European culture.
All three nominated films have been subtitled into the official EU languages, but this year’s winner, Collective, will also be adapted for the visually and hearing impaired and will be promoted in all Member States.