The biggest award at Cannes 2013, Palme D’Or was won by the lesbian romance “Blue Is The Warmest Color: the Life of Adele” starring Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux. The movie directed by Tunisian-born director Abdellatif Kechiche was awarded just days after gay marriage was legalized in France, but jury members Steven Spielberg and Romanian director Cristian Mungiu said their decision was strictly based on cinematographic achievements, the Associated Press informs.
The 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival ended with the awarding of a lesbian romance, “Blue Is The Warmest Color: the Life of Adele”. The movie tells the story of the 15-year-old girl, who falls in love with an older woman interpreted by Seydoux. The 3-hour film might be criticized by some movie goers due to the graphic sex scenes, but the jury decided the romance was worth the biggest prize, the Palme D’Or.
Analysts claim the movie was awarded due to the recent political events, such as the legalization of gay marriages in France and some groups have already adopted Adele’s love story as a statement of their sexual orientation. Same-sex marriage protestors, on the other hand, have contested the jury’s decision to hand the Palme D’Or to the “Blue Is The Warmest Color”. Romanian director, Cristian Mungiu, who received a Palme D’Or award in 2007 and multiple Cannes awards for his movies, explained the press that the jury’s decision was not at all influenced by the political events that have taken place in the weeks prior to the Cannes Film Festival. “We were giving awards to cinema,” said Mungiu. “Not for political statements,” he concluded.
The jury believes this year’s winner of the Palme D’Or award carries a strong and positive message that everyone should hear, especially those who protest against gay marriages. The director of the movie and the two protagonists told the press that they wanted to illustrate the modern times and to invite people to show more tolerance.