Lorna's Silence, by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne won the second edition of the European Parliament's LUX film prize on Wednesday, October 22, 2008, in Strasbourg. According to the European Parliament, MEPs choose the winning film from a shortlist of three compiled by an international jury of filmmakers.
According to a European parliament press release, the LUX Prize is awarded to films that help increase people's understanding of different cultures and peoples in Europe. The winning film will receive funding to be subtitled in all 23 official languages of the EU. “LUX stands for the Latin word for light and alludes to the Lumière brothers, the French pioneers of cinema.”
Presenting the prizes, the President of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Pöttering, said that each of the three films addressed a different issue deserving of greater recognition and that each of the three films was a winner.
Luc Dardenne stressed the importance of subtitling the film thanks to the prize because “we do not watch each others’ films often enough in Europe.” He hoped that “all distributors and cinema managers will understand the message of this prize.”