The winner of the 2016 edition of the 2016 LUX Prize was announced during a ceremony held at the European Parliament in Strasbourg this morning, November 23. The winner, as voted by the European Parliament, is Toni Erdmann, by German director Maren Ade.
The film beat out competition from the two other worthy finalists: My Life as a Courgette by Claude Barras and As I Open My Eyes by Leyla Bouzid. The LUX Prize celebrated its 10th anniversary this year.
The story of Toni Erdmann is about a father and daughter trying to reconnect in tragicomic circumstances, and is set against the backdrop of contemporary European society. It was presented in competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, was proclaimed the winner of the FIPRESCI Grand Prix for best film of the year, and is the German submission for the 2017 Oscars.
During its lifetime, the LUX Prize has promoted cultural and linguistic diversity and championed its two main objectives: boost the circulation of European films and to spread the debate on major issues faced by today’s society.
From the official selection of ten films, three are nominated, and the Members of the European Parliament then choose the final winner. The three nominated films then travel through the EU member states during the LUX Film Days, and are translated into all 24 EU languages, while the winner is further promoted and adapted for the visually and hearing-impaired.