Close Wins LUX European Audience Film Award 2023

    The European public and members of the European Parliament have voted “Close” by Belgian director Lukas Dhont the winner of the LUX European Audience Film Award in a ceremony at the hemicycle of the European Parliament in Brussels. In the film, co-produced by Belgium, France and the Netherlands, two thirteen-year-old boys, Leo and Remi, form a close bond. When their friendship is suddenly disrupted, Leo approaches Sophie, Remi’s mother, struggling to understand what has happened.

    Lukas Dhont, receiving the award with his co-author Angelo Tijssens, stated: “We stand by you as you. Discover who you are as you are. We think of you, we are hopeful and proud of you.”

    Four other films were shortlisted for the award: “Alcarràs”, a Spanish film by Carla Simón, “Burning Days”, a Turkish film by Emin Alper, a Portuguese film called “Will-o’-the-Wisp” and a Swedish film called “Triangle of Sadness”. Over 500 screenings of the nominated films have been held across the European Union, subtitled in all 24 official languages.

    The LUX Audience Award combines and unites the votes of the European public and those of the European Parliament Members. It is presented by the European Film Academy and the European Parliament, and in partnership with the European Commission and Europa Cinemas.

    Modestas Mankus
    Modestas Mankus
    Modestas is the Editor-in-Chief at Our Culture Mag. He regularly delves into modern art, fashion, and photography. Modestas is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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