Winner chosen by European Parliament members

“Les neiges du Kilimandjaro” (“The Snows of Kilimanjaro”), by French helmer Robert Guediguian, has won the European Parliament’s Lux prize.

Award was announced Wednesday, the same day the film was released in Gaul.

Pic follows union activist Michel (Jean-Pierre Darroussin) as he questions his place in society after losing his job and being robbed at gunpoint by one of his former workmates.

The Lux prize recognizes films that illustrate European values, cultural diversity or debate on the European project. The prize money allows the winning film to be subtitled in the 23 official languages of the European Union and supports its distribution in the 27 EU states.

“Neiges” beat Greek foreign-language Oscar hopeful “Attenberg,” directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari, and “Play,” by Ruben Ostlund of Sweden. The three films were chosen from 10 proposed by a jury of 17 industryites. Members of the 736-seat parliament had a month to view the films and vote.

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