Magazine article Screen International

'Mustang' Wins LUX Film Prize

Magazine article Screen International

'Mustang' Wins LUX Film Prize

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Deniz Gamze Ergüven's Mustang been named the 2015 European Parliament LUX Prize for cinema at a ceremony in Strasbourg this morning. The winner is decided by a ballot of MEPs.

Mustang tells the story of five sisters who have been promised to husbands through forced marriages but who, determined to live their own lives, break the yoke of tradition.

It beat competition from Jonas Carpignano's Italian immigration drama Mediterranea and Bulgaria-Greek co-pro The Lesson (Urok) by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov

Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament, said of the finalists: "These very different films raise fundamental questions.

How must our continent of emigration change in order to evolve into a continent of immigration? What is the role of women in societies on our doorstep? How is the economic crisis undermining our lives together?

"These European films deserve our support and I am proud that the European Parliament is again this year helping to show these films as widely as possible. …

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