“Blue is the Warmest Color” director Abdellatif Kechiche accepted the award, along with “Blue is the Warmest Color” co-stars Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux. It was the first time that the Cannes Film Festival gave the Palme d’Or award to two actresses in the same year.
Steven Spielberg was the president of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival Jury. The other jury members for films that were entered in the main competition this year were actress Nicole Kidman, director Ang Lee, actor Christoph Waltz, actor Daniel Auteuil, actress Vifya Balan, director Naomi Kawase, director Cristian Mungiu and director Lynne Ramsay.
The 2013 Cannes Film Festival was held from May 15 to May 26.
“Blue is the Warmest Color” is about a closeted lesbian named Adèle (played by Exarchopoulos), whose true sexuality is awakened when she meets a blue-haired woman named Emma (played by Seydoux). The film is based on Julie Maroh’s French graphic novel “Le bleu est une couleur chaude” (“blue is a warm color”). The movie’s French title (“La vie d’Adèle”) actually translates to “The Life of Adèle” or “Adèle’s Life” in English.
“Blue is the Warmest Color” co-star Seydoux is best known to American audiences as Sabine Moreau, one of the villains in the 2011 action flick “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.” She also played Gabrielle in Woody Allen’s 2011 comedy film “Midnight in Paris.”
Sundance Selects, which often releases movies on demand before or on the day of their theatrical releases, has acquired the film for U.S. distribution. The U.S. release date for “Blue is the Warmest Color” is to be announced. “La vie d’Adèle” arrives in French cinemas on Oct. 9, 2013.
The movie has not yet been rated by the Motion Picture Association of America, but based on reviews of the film, the sexually explicit content of “Blue is the Warmest Color” means that the movie will be rated NC-17 or released unrated, unless the some of the movie’s most graphic scenes are edited before its U.S. release.
Here is a complete list of winners at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival:
Palme D’Or: “Blue is the Warmest Color” (“La vie d’Adèle”), directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. Award shared by co-stars Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux.
Grand Prix: “Inside Llewyn Davis,” directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Best Director: Amat Escalante for “Heli”
Best Screenplay: Jia Zhangke for “Tian Zhu Ding” (“A Touch of Sin”)
Best Actress: Bérénice Bejo for “Le Passè” (“The Past”), directed by Asghar Farhadi
Best Actor: Bruce Dern for “Nebraska,” directed by Alexander Payne
Jury Prize: “Soshite Chichi Ni Naru” (“Like Father, Like Son”) directed by Kore-Eda Hirokazu
Vulcain Prize, for an artist technician, awarded by the C.S.T.: “Grigris,” directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Palme d’Or – Short Film: “Safe,” directed by Byoung-Gon Moon
Short Film Special Distinction Ex-aequo (tie): “Hvalfjordur” (“Whale Valley”), directed by Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson, and “37°4 S,” directed by Adriano Valerio