Cannes: Three-hour Erotic Drama Wins

Blue Is the Warmest Color, a three-hour erotic drama, has won the the Palm d’Or at this year’s Cannes film festival. The sexually explicit film tells the story about a French teenage girl’s love affair with another woman. The jury, led by Steven Spielberg, awarded Abdellatif Kechiche’s film with the festival’s most prestigious award.

At a press conference, Spielberg described Kechiche’s film as “a great love story that made all of us feel privileged to be a fly on the wall, to see this story of deep love and deep heartbreak evolve from the beginning. The director didn’t put any constraints on the narrative. He let the scenes play in real life, and we were absolutely spellbound.”

Check out these two clips from the movie. Sorry, they’re entirely safe for work…you know who you are.


Here are the main jury prizes from the festival:

Palme d’Or: “Blue Is the Warmest Colour” (Abdellatif Kechiche, director; Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux, actresses; France-Belgium-Spain)

Grand Prix: “Inside Llewyn Davis” (Joel and Ethan Coen, U.S.)

Director: Amat Escalante, “Heli” (Mexico)

Jury prize: “Like Father, Like Son” (Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan)

Actor: Bruce Dern, “Nebraska” (Alexander Payne, U.S.)

Actress: Berenice Bejo, “The Past” (Asghar Farhadi, France-Italy)

Screenplay: Jia Zhangke, “A Touch of Sin” (China)

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