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66th Cannes Film Festival: Blue is the Warmest Colour won Prestigious Palme d'Or award

May 28, 2013 15:26 IST

Blue is the Warmest ColourBlue is the Warmest Colour (La Vie D'Adèle Chapitres 1 et 2) which is directed by French-Tunisian filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche won the top honour - the Palme d'Or - at the 66th Cannes Film Festival.

The awards were decided after reviewing 20 films in competition by a nine-member jury led by US filmmaker Steven Spielberg, joined by Australian actress Nicole Kidman and Oscar-winning director Ang Lee among others.

The film is a three-hour love story based on a graphic novel by Julie Maroh starring Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux.  It is basically a story about a teenage girl who falls in love with a slightly older woman. Overall, the movie is about sexual awakening, heartbreak, and self-discovery.

With this the runner-up award, the Grand Prix, went to Inside Llewyn Davis which is directed by the Coen brothers. It is important here to note that the Coen brothers had won the Palme d'Or in 1991. Also, the Jury Prize went to Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda for Like Father, Like Son.

Some other Important Awards

• Mexico's Amat Escalante won the best director prize for his film Heli.
• Hollywood veteran actor Bruce Dern took the best actor prize for his performance in Nebraska.
• Argentine-born Frenchwoman Berenice Bejo was awarded the best actress prize for her role in The Past.

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