Romanian Collective takes LUX Audience Award 2021

A still from Collective.

Romanian documentary film, Collective, by director Alexander Nanau was today praised with the 2021 LUX Audience Award, the EP press service reported. The award was presented by EP President David Sassoli at a ceremony in Strasbourg.

“After the period we have just lived through, the need for people to come together, not only in spaces made for debate, but also in places like cinemas, is growing and urgent," Sassoli said.

The other two films shortlisted for the award were Another Round by Danish director Thomas Vinterberg and Corpus Christi by Polish director Jan Komasa. The final ranking was determined by combining the average rating from the public vote and the vote by MEPs, with each group weighing 50%. Audiences could rate the films until 23 May, MEPs until 8 June.

The winning film is a stirring documentary, titled after a nightclub in Bucharest where a fire killed 27 young people in 2015 and left 180 wounded. The documentary follows a team of journalists who investigate why 37 of the wounded died in hospitals, although their burns were not life threatening. They uncover terrifying nepotism and corruption that cost lives, but also show that brave and determined people can reverse corrupt systems.

Collective was also nominated for an Oscar in the best international feature and best documentary categories this year.

The LUX Audience Award is a unique pan-European audience prize, for which Parliament teams up with the European Film Academy to reach a wider audience and to continue to strengthen the links between people and politics. Through its film prize, Parliament has been supporting the distribution of European films since 2007, by providing subtitles in 24 EU languages for the films in final contention. The LUX prize has garnered a reputation by selecting European co-productions that engage with topical political and social issues and encourage debate about values.

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