Cannes 2013 – “Blue Is the Warmest Color” Earns Prestigious Palme d’Or Award

French director Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue Is The Warmest Color (or La vie d’Adèle) received top honors during the closing ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival and won the Palme d’Or Award.

This year, the jury included Oscar winners Nicole Kidman, Ang Lee, Christoph Waltz, and Steven Spielberg; who was also jury President. Plus, Daniel Auteuil, Cristian Mungiu, Lynne Ramsay, Vidya Balan, and Naomi Kawase were also members of this year’s festival jury. All nine members were responsible for choosing the award winners among 20 different films that premiered at the festival.

Spielberg presented the Palme d’Or award and stated that he felt the jury took an  “exceptional step” of awarding it to not only the director, Kechiche, but also to the lead actresses Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux. This is quite unusual to also acknowledge the actresses’ work with the Palme d’Or. However, those present at the ceremony cheered and supported this decision and agreed that the actresses also deserved the award.

Here is a complete list of the award-winners for the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival:

Palme d’Or: Abdellatif Kechiche, Blue Is The Warmest Color

Grand Prix: Coen Brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis

Best Director: Amat Escalante, Heli 

Best Screenplay: Jia Zhangke, A Touch of Sin

Best Actress: Berenice Bejo, The Past

Best Actor: Bruce Dern, Nebraska 

Jury Prize: Hirokazu Kore-eda, Like Father, Like Son 

Camera d’Or: Anthony Chen, Ilo Ilo

What do you think of the award results? Do you think these films will generate more buzz during the 2014 award season? Do you think the jury members made the right decisions? Are you interested in seeing any of these films?

Abdellatif Kechiche, Léa Seydoux, and Adèle Exarchopoulos with their Palme d'Or Award.
Abdellatif Kechiche, Léa Seydoux, and Adèle Exarchopoulos with their Palme d’Or Award.

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter and IMDbPro

Film Festival Coverage – 2013 Cannes Film Festival Lineup

Entertainment Tonight Canada recently shared a full list of the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival lineup. This year is a big year at the festival because some major stars are going to be showing up and some highly anticipated films are going to be premiering. For instance, The Great Gatsby will be opening the festival on May 15 and The Bling Ring will be opening the Un Certain Regard program of the festival.

In addition, Steven Soderbergh’s HBO miniseries, Behind The Candelabra will be premiering and competing at the festival along with several other films and shows.

Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives, featuring Ryan Gosling as a British gangster set in Bangkok’s criminal underworld, will be competing. Inside Llewyn Davis, starring Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake and directed by the Coen brothers, will also be competing.

Two other films competing include director Alexander Payne’s comedy, Nebraska, starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte and James Gray’s drama set in the 1920s, The Immigrant, starring Jeremy Renner, Joaquin Phoenix and Marion Cotillard.  The festival takes place in Cannes, France from May 15 to May 26. Take a look at the full lineup for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival below:

OPENER
The Great Gatsby (Baz Luhrmann)

COMPETITION
Behind the Candelabra (Steven Soderbergh)
Borgman (Alex van Warmerdam)
The Great Beauty (Paolo Sorrentino)
Grigris (Mahamet Saleh-Haroun)
Heli (Amat Escalante)
The Immigrant (James Gray)
Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen)
Jeune et jolie (Francois Ozon)
Jimmy P. (Arnaud Desplechin)
La Vie d’Adele (Abdellatif Kechiche)
Like Father, Like Son (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
Michael Kohlhaas (Arnaud des Pallieres)
Nebraska (Alexander Payne)
Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn)
The Past (Asghar Farhadi)
Straw Shield (Takashi Miike)
A Touch of Sin (Jia Zhangke)
Un chateau en Italie (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi)
Venus in Fur (Roman Polanski)

OUT OF COMPETITION
All Is Lost (J.C. Chandor)
Blood Ties (Guillaume Canet)

UN CERTAIN REGARD
• OPENER: The Bling Ring (Sofia Coppola)
Anonymous (Mohammad Rasoulof)
As I Lay Dying (James Franco)
The Bastards (Claire Denis)
Bends (Flora Lau)
Death March (Adolfo Alix Jr.)
Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler)
Grand Central (Rebecca Zlotowski)
La Jaula de Oro (Diego Quemada-Diez)
L’image manquante (Rithy Panh)
L’inconnu du lac (Alain Guiraudie)
Miele (Valeria Golino)
Norte, hangganan ng kasaysayan (Lav Diaz)
Omar (Hany Abu-Assad)
Sarah prefere la course (Chloe Robichaud)

MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS
Blind Detective (Johnnie To)
Monsoon Shootout (Amit Kumar)

HOMAGE TO JERRY LEWIS
Max Rose (Daniel Noah)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS
Bite the Dust (Taisia Igumentseva)
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight (Stephen Frears)
Seduced and Abandoned (James Toback)
Stop the Pounding Heart (Roberto Minervini)
Weekend of a Champion (Roman Polanski)

GALA SCREENING IN HONOR OF INDIA
Bombay Talkies (Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar)

CLOSER
Zulu (Jerome Salle)

The Cannes Film Festival logo.
The Cannes Film Festival logo.

Source: Entertainment Tonight Canada