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Abdellatif Kechiche’s “Blue is the Warmest Colour”, the favorite for Palme d’Or

“Blue is the Warmest Colour” directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, who, speaking about the film, describes it as “a love story between two women” is seen as the favorite contender for this year’s Palme d’Or, the highest prize awarded at the  Cannes Film Festival, according to bbc.co.uk.The film earned high accolades, despite some critics being rather shocked by the graphic sex scenes in the film directed by the Tunisian-born French director. Variety wrote that “Blue is The Warmest Colour” contains “the most explicit sex scenes between two women in recent history”. The three-hour character study centers on Adele, a 15-year-old girl played by French actress Adele Exarchopouulos, and her lover, Emma (Lea Seydoux).

The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the film is sure to stir controversy, as it crosses the barrier between “acting and reality”.Kechiche himself admitted he considers cutting some scenes in the movie, in order to ensure the film a broad distribution. “We wouldn’t like the film not to be shown because of a single scene, though, we won’t modify the whole film either,” the director said. “Le bleu est une couleur chaude”, also got the FIPRESCI Award on Saturday, while Rithy Panh’s “L’image manquante” won Un Certain Regard Section, according to the Cannes website.The second half of the festival, which included ten films, was noteworthy for “Behind The Candelabra”, Steven Soderbergh’s last film starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, a biopic about the life of pianist Liberace and his young male lover, which was screened Tuesday evening.

The American director was with an Academy Award for best Film Director, in 2001, for “Traffic”, and also got the Palme d’Or 1989 for “Sex, lies and video tapes”. The partially-sighted poodle dog that appears in “Behind the Candelabra” has been named the top dog of the Cannes Film Festival as winner of the Palm Dog, while the cats in films at Cannes this year were declared not eligible.Romanian student Tudor Cristian Jurgiu got the 3rd prize in the Cinefondation Section at Cannes on Friday, ex-aequo with Slovak director Matus Vizar.Romanian director Cristian Mungiu is a member of the Cannes jury chaired by Steven Spielberg.The curtain fell at Cannes yesterday after a frenetic 12 days during which the Croisette saw celebrities, rain, world premieres, and jewelry thefts, too. This year’s Cannes ran May 15-26.

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