The Festival de Cannes is over for another year, with French drama Blue is the Warmest Colour (La vie d’Adèle) taking out the Palm d’Or, the festival’s top award. Head of the competition jury, Steven Spielberg announced that the jury was taking the unusual move of recognising not only the director, but also the two young actresses, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux. The three-hour drama is about a young woman’s awakening, and the two actresses appear in several sex scenes together, one lasting 12 minutes (the end of which was reportedly met with applause at the film’s première at Cannes).
Inside Llewyn Davis, directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, picked up the second most prestigious award, the Grand Prix. The film staring Oscar Isaac received much praise for its screenplay and fantastic performance from Isaac.
Blue is the Warmest Colour has been picked up for Australian distribution by Transmission Films. It will be interesting to see how it fares with the country’s classification board. Inside Llewyn Davis is being distributed in Australia by Roadshow Films. It currently has a 30th Jan 2014 release date in Australia.
Other films which have Australian distribution include Alexander Payne’s Nebraska (Roadshow Films – 26 December 2013), for which Bryce Dern won best actor, and Asghar Farhadi’s The Past (Madman Entertainment), for which Bérénice Bejo won best actress. Expect more to be announced as Cannes deals are finalised and made public.
Full list of 2013 Cannes Film Festival award winners (Official Competition and Un Certain Regard) are after the jump.
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