Cannes 2013: Blue Is The Warmest Colour Wins The Palme D'Or
The Coens' Inside Llewyn Davis takes the Grand Prix
Some critics, including our very own Damon Wise, thought that French director Abdellatif Kechiche's three-hour coming of age love story would be too sexually graphic for jury president Steven Spielberg to put his name to, but Blue Is The Warmest Colour – also known as La Vie D'Adèle Chapitre 1 et 2 – has won out, taking home the coveted Palme d'Or.
Its "shockingly graphic" yet "epic and intimate" lesbian sex scenes between newcomer Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Robin Hood, Midnight In Paris) were the talk of the Croisette ever since it screened in the second half of the festival, with most of the conversation centring on whether we'd seen actually took place. The secret? Prosthetics. No, really.
Elsewhere, The Coen brothers tale of '60s folkery, Inside Llewyn Davis, won the Grand Prix, which many consider to be the runner-up prize by another name. Berenice Bejo, of The Artist fame, nabbed the Best Actress award for her work in Asghar Farhadi's The Past, while Bruce Dern has the Best Actor prize to keep him company on the flight home for his work in Alexander Payne's Nebraska.
Best screenplay went to Jia Zhangke for A Touch Of Sin, while Hirokazu Kore-eda is going home with the Jury Prize for Like Father, Like Son. Amat Escalante scored Best Director with Heli and the Camera d’Or was awarded to Ilo Ilo’s Anthony Chen.
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