As Filmdrunk’s resident horrible movie watcher, I don’t know much about the so-called good movies, so I have to depend on the uppity boo-birds of film festivals like Cannes to let me know the crème de la crème. Yesterday, Steven Spielberg, the head of the Cannes competition jury, took the stage to announce the winner of the coveted Palme d’Or – Blue is the Warmest Colour, directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. Bless you.
The coming-of-age tale of a 15-year old girl who believes that boys and girls are meant to be together, only to discover that she’s in love with another girl, also made history at Cannes. Spielberg presented the Palme d’Or not only to the director, but also the film’s two female stars, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux, which made them only the second and third women to ever receive the coveted award. Jane Campion previously received the Palme d’Or for The Piano.
According to the New York Times, the festival favorite up to the big announcement had been the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, which took home the Grand Prix award this year. But Colour had people buzzing from the moment it ended, not necessarily because of the lessons it teaches or ideas that it delivers, as much as how they’re taught and delivered.
Post-screening chatter will inevitably swirl around not only the galvanizing performances of Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux, but also the fact that they spend much of this three-hour emotional epic enacting the most explosively graphic lesbian sex scenes in recent memory. The result is certain to stir excitement and controversy on the fest circuit while limiting the film’s arthouse potential, barring significant trims for length and content. (Via Variety)
Hehehehehehe, trims. Sorry. I’m an adult, I swear.