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Blue Is The Warmest Colour wins Palme d'Or at Cannes

Blue Is The Warmest Colour

Story by Jack Foley

LESBIAN love story Blue Is The Warmest Colour has taken the top prize at Cannes, the Palme d’Or.

The film, from Tunisian-born French director Abdellatif Kechiche, became an instant festival hit when critics raved about the honest depiction of love in the film, as well as one of this year’s most notorious films due to its graphic lesbian sex scenes.

But for once, the sex didn’t overshadow the subject matter with the performances from the two leading ladies, Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux, also attracting much praise.

That said, neither actresses took the acting accolade as French star Berenice Bejo, known for her role in silent film The Artist, took best actress for her role in The Past, a family drama from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who was previously Oscar-nominated for his 2011 drama A Separation.

Veteran Bruce Dern won best actor for his performance in Alexander Payne’s similarly well received Nebraska, in which he plays an ageing, booze-addicted father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.

This year’s Cannes jury was chaired by US director Steven Spielberg, who was joined by Life of Pi director Ang Lee, actress Nicole Kidman and Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz. Other judges were film-maker Lynne Ramsay, French actor Daniel Auteuil, Romanian director Cristian Mungiu, Japanese director Naomi Kawase and Bollywood star Vidya Balan.

A total of 20 films competed for this year’s top prize.

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