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18-07-2012

Screening of 2011 Lux Prize Winning Film - Wednesday 18th July, 6.30pm

This Wednesday at 6.30 pm, the award-winning film, "Les neiges du Kilimandjaro" directed by the French director, Robert Guédiguian, will be shown at a free screening at European Union House, 43 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2.  This event is being organised by the European Parliament Office in Ireland, in conjunction with the Alliance Française in Ireland.   "Les neiges du Kilimandjaro" was the winner of the European Parliament's LUX Prize in 2011.  Subtitles in English.

The Lux Prize was established in 2007 as a contribution towards promoting creative European film-making and supporting the circulation of European productions and co-productions as widely as possible. The LUX Prize is also aimed at stimulating cultural diversity and promoting public debate on themes of Europe-wide interest. The Prize is awarded annually by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from shortlists of 10 and then 3 films. Since the LUX Prize was first awarded, the winners have been Auf der Anderen Seite by Fatih Akin (2007), Le Silence de Lorna by the Dardenne brothers (2008), Welcome by Philppe Lloret (2009) and  Die Fremde by Feo Aladag in 2010.


Les neiges du Kilimandjaro (The snows of Kilimanjaro)
Director: Robert Guédiguian
Duration:  107 min
Country: France
Year: 2011

Synopsis: Although he has lost his job, Michel lives happily with Marie-Claire. They've been in love for 30 years, are fulfilled as parents and grand-parents, have close friends and are proud of their trade union and political battles. This happiness is shattered along with their French window when two young armed and masked men hit them, tie them up, pull off their wedding rings and make off with their credit cards. Their distress is all the more acute when they find out the attack was organised by a young worker made redundant at the same time as Michel. However, they gradually discover that their attacker, Christophe, only acted out of necessity: he lives alone with his two little brothers and does an admirable job of looking after them, attending to their education and health. Their mother left them to live her own life and they never knew their father. Michel and Marie-Claire thus decide to look after the two little brothers while they wait for Christophe to be released from prison.