The president of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzeck today awarded the prestigious LUX prize to the film The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Marseillais Robert Guédiguian, which is out in French cinemas today.
After more than thirty years in the business and seventeen films to his name, Robert Guédiguian has created a social fresco, inspired by the Victor Hugo poem "Les Pauvres Gens", or ‘The poor people’.
‘The Snows of Kilimanjaro’ tells the story of a happy couple; Trade Unionist Micheal (Jean Pierre Darroussin) who has recently been made redundant, and Marie Claire (Ariane Ascaride). However their happiness is shattered after being assaulted by two masked armed men. They are even more distressed when they learn that the brutal assault was organised by one of the young workers that was let go with Micheal.
Back in his territory of Marseille fourteen years after "Marius et Jeannette", Robert Guédiguian presents a social and political chronicle, while celebrating generosity and forgiveness as well as the withstanding love of a couple that take comfort in their intrinsic goodness.
‘The Snows of Kilimanjaro’, selected for the "Un Certain Regard" festival at Cannes, will be shown throughout the European Union thanks to a grant of €87,000, allowing for subtitling in the 23 official languages of the EU, and an adaptation of the original for people with visual and hearing disabilities.
The other two nominees for the LUX Prize were the Greek film "Attenberg" by Athina Rachel Tsangari, and the Swedish, French and Danish production, "Play", by Ruben Östlund.
Since 2007, the LUX Prize has acknowledged films that illustrate the universality of European values, cultural diversity and the process of European construction. Previous recipients of the LUX prize have been "Auf der anderen Seite" (2007), "Le silence de Lorna" (2008), "Welcome" (2009) and "Die Fremde" (2010).