European Film Academy Reveals 2023 Lux Award Nominations newsbhunt



The European Film Academy has revealed the nominations for Lux – The European Audience Film Award.

The nominated films are: “20,000 Species of Bees” by Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren (Spain); “The Teacher’s Lounge” by İlker Çatak (Germany); “Fallen Leaves” by Aki Kaurismäki (Finland, Germany); “On the Adamant” by Nicolas Philibert (France, Japan); and “Smoke Sauna Sisterhood” by Anna Hints (Estonia, France, Iceland).

The five nominated films will now be subtitled in all 24 EU languages. The award is presented by the European Parliament and the European Film Academy in partnership with the European Commission and Europa Cinemas. The winner will be determined by the general public and the members of the European Parliament (each holding 50% of the vote) and announced during an awards ceremony in March 2024.

European Film Academy chair and president of the Lux jury Mike Downey said: “We know that cinema not only enhances the imagination but also shows our entire world in multiple perspectives and has the power to broaden our vision and thinking.  We just have to look at the five candidates for this year’s award – great works of art which are diverse, entertaining, and socially engaged in the world in which we live.”


Streamer SkyShowtime has unveiled the trailer for its new original series “Codename: Annika,” a twist on the Nordic noir genre. The first episode will be available to stream on the premiere day, with new episodes dropping weekly. The six-part thriller series, created by Mia Ylönen and Aleksi Bardy, goes behind the curtain of the hidden world of high-class art-fraud and explores the reality of navigating a double identity.

The cast is led by Sannah Nedergård (“Yellow Sulphur Sky”) as Finnish art fraud investigator Emma/Annika. It also incudes Ardalan Esmaili (“Snabba Cash”), Eva Melander (“Border”), Helena Bergström (“House of Angels”), Pekka Strang (“Tom of Finland”), Miro Lopperi (“Aikuiset”), Clarisse Lhoni-Botte (“Rolling to You”) and Charles Martins (“Emily in Paris”). The series is directed by A.J. Annila (“Peacemaker”).

Codename: Annika has received development support from Finnish Film Foundation and Creative Europe Programme – MEDIA of the European Union and is financed by Business Finland – Audiovisual Production Incentive. Co-creators for Helsinki-Filmi are Mia Ylönen and Aleksi Bardy.

The series will be available exclusively on SkyShowtime from Sept. 30.

Watch the trailer here:


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