Lesbian Film Wins Palme d’Or Award at Cannes

Lesbian Film Wins Palme d’Or Award at Cannes

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TOPSHOTS-FRANCE-FILM-FESTIVAL-CANNESFor the second time in 46 years, a purely French film won the prestigious Palme d’Or award at the 66th Cannes Film Festival.

Blue is the Warmest Color (La Vie D’Adele – Chapitre 1 & 2), directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, is a three-hour drama about a teen’s lesbian love affair with an older woman. Though not the first gay-themed movie, Spielberg said the movie is pure romance.

“For me the film is a great love story, and the fact that it is a great love story that made all of us feel that we were privileged, not embarrassed, to be flies on the wall invited to see this story of deep love and deep heartbreak evolve from the beginning,” he said.

Spielberg isn’t sure if the movie will play in every state of the U.S., but he did say he think it will be a success in the United States. Sundance Selects has already picked up the film, but due to the amount of explicit sexual scenes, there could be a problem with the rating.

The stars of the film, Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos don’t see an issue with the sex scenes.

“I think this film is universal,” Exarchopoulos said. “It’s a love story and not important that it happens to be with two women.”

Seydoux agreed.

“The film reflects modern times,” she said. “You are allowed to love whomever you want.”

The audience was shocked when Spielberg announced, “The jury has taken the exceptional step of recognizing the achievements of three artists in the presentation of the Palme d’Or,” and then awarded not only the director, but the two stars as well who “clearly acted without a net in some of the most explicit love scenes yet seen,” according to Deadline.

The actresses couldn’t receive the Best Actress award and the Palme d’Or due to Cannes award rules, so Best Actress went to Berenice Bejo for The Past.

“We were absolutely spellbound by the brilliance of the performances of those two amazing young actresses and all the cast, and especially the way the director observed his players,” Spielberg said of Blue is the Warmest Color. “We just all thought it was a profound love story.”

Click here to see the full list of winners.

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