Romanian documentary “Collective” directed by Alexander Nanau was awarded the 2021 LUX Audience Award during a ceremony in Strasbourg on Wednesday.
“After the period we have just lived through, the need for people to come together, not only in spaces made for debate, but also in places like cinemas, is growing and urgent,” said President David Sassoli.
The final ranking was determined by combining the average rating from the public vote and the vote by MEPs, with each group weighing 50%.
The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the creative and cinema industry hard. Cinema screenings of the three finalists were limited, and were primarily replaced by online screenings and events. Audiences could rate the films until 23 May, MEPs until 8 June.
Collective by Romanian director Alexander Nanau (original title Colectiv) is a stirring documentary is titled after a nightclub in Bucharest where a fire killed 27 young people in 2015 and left 180 wounded. The documentary follows a team of journalists who investigate why 37 of the burn victims died in hospitals, although their wounds were not life threatening. They uncover terrifying nepotism and corruption that cost lives, but also show that brave and determined people can reverse corrupt systems.
Collective was nominated for an Oscar in the best international feature and best documentary categories this year.
Read more about the LUX Audience Award nominees.