The European Parliament LUX Film Prize places a spotlight on films which go to the heart of European Public Debate. The Cork Film Festival, along with the European Parliament, believe that cinema can be used as a medium to discuss and debate topical issues.
This year there are three screenings as part of the 60TH Cork Film Festival in the category. Mediterranea, Toto and His Sisters and The Lesson/UROK. All three of these screenings are free.
Mediterranea tells the tale of Ayiva who travels from his native Burkina Faso to Italy in search of a way to provide for his sister and daughter. He takes advantage of his position in an illegal smuggling operation to get himself and his best friend off the continent. It is massively topical given the current refugee crisis. There will also be a Q & A with cast and crew live from the film’s Brussels presentation.
Mediterranea screens on Wednesday, November 11th at 6pm in the Triskel Christchurch
Toto and His Sisters is the compelling story of three siblings whose mother is imprisoned. During this time Toto passionately learns dancing, reading and writing all the while his sisters try to cope and keep the family together. The film explores topics like poverty, drugs and the importance of family.
Toto and His Sisters screens on Tuesday, November 10th at 4 pm in the Gate cinema
Finally, The Lesson/UROK (pictured) is set in Bulgaria and centres around a young teacher searching for a robber in her class while at the same time she is falling into further debt with loan sharks.
The Lesson/UROK screens on Tuesday, November 10th at 6.15pm in the Gate cinema
View the full programme for the Cork Film Festival 2015.
View the digital brochure here.