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The Lux Prize not only gives recognition to some of the best European films, but also serves as an opportunity to show them to cinema lovers across the EU. Join the conversation on social media, enjoy the films and learn more about the Lux Prize and the people whose creativity and passion brought us this year's finalists: Mediterranea, Mustang and The Lesson.

Films nominated for the Lux Prize often deal with contemporary issues in our society. One of this year' finalists was inspired by the real-life tragedy of refugees crossing the Mediterranean in search of a better life. "It is in the news now, it's a hot topic, but that doesn't really change what reality has been like," said Jonas Carpignano, director of Mediterranea (France, Germany). "For me the idea was always to make something about the place where we live and to create the connection between people living the story and the story itself." 

Tonight, 11 November, Mediterranea will be simultaneous screened in eight different cities all over Europe, connecting the audiences in real time for a Q&A session with the director. All participants in the audience in every location will have a chance to contribute to the debate via Twitter using the hashtag #LuxPrize.

Margita Gosheva starred in the multi-award-winning film The Lesson (Bulgaria, Greece), directed by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov. She said that the film was a Bulgarian story, but also very human and universal: "It's a story about human being struggling."

Young Turkish actress Elit Iscan appeared in Mustang (France, Germany, Turkey), a film about five sisters who share a common passion for freedom and find ways of getting around the constraints imposed on them by society and family. She said: "There are these roles in our country that are imposed on us... social norms about being women. That is something that we are living every day, which is why I didn't have to specially prepare for the role."

The winner of the 2015Lux Prize will be announced on 24 November during the plenary session in Strasbourg.

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