Royal support for Luxembourg City film festival

(CS) Luxembourg's Grand Duke and Grand Duchess were among the many guests invited to the official opening ceremony of the Discovery Zone Luxembourg City Film Festival, which kicked off on Friday evening.

Henri and Maria Teresa joined invited guests, including many film industry professionals from the Grand Duchy, at a private screening of Spike Jonze's award-winning drama Her at Utopolis.

The couple were met with applause as they entered the cinema and received a warm welcome not only from the festival organisers, but also Luxembourg City mayor Lydie Polfer and Culture Minister Maggy Nagel.

Nagel said that the royal visit showed the importance that this festival has gained over the past years, being only in its fourth edition in 2014. Polfer meanwhile added that the support of the royal family meant a lot to the people behind the festival, and that the City of Luxembourg is committed to making the festival a tradition in the country's cultural calendar.

International stars on the festival jury 

Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa were not the only celebrities attending the screening on Friday.

The international jury, charged with picking a winning film from an official selection of ten movies, was also present, including actor and producer Kate O'Toole, daughter of the recently deceased Peter O'Toole, as well as French actor Clémence Poésy, British casting director Lucinda Syson, Berlin-based filmmaker Emily Atef and Luxembourg director Frank Hoffmann.

A press jury will pick another winner, to be presented at the closing night ceremony on March 8. Additionally, for the first time this year a documentary jury will pick their favourite film from the documentary film selection, and a young jury will also award a prize.

Festival continues until March 9

Earlier in the day, the first screenings of the festival started with a highlight, as French director Michel Gondry presented his latest animated documentary Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? The Cinémathèque was full to the brim, as Gondry spoke about his film, in which he animated talks with US philosopher and author Noam Chomsky.

The Discovery Zone film festival continues until March 9, with a full schedule to explore until then, including not only films from the official and documentary selections, but also a series of special screenings, a young audiences programme, events at other cultural venues across the capital and exhibitions at the festival HQ at the Cercle Cité Ratskeller.

For more information consult our Discovery Zone 2014 dossier or visit discoveryzone.lu

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