As the three-hour long NC-17 lesbian drama “Blue Is the Warmest Color” gets ready to open in U.S. theaters Friday, director Abdellatif Kechiche continues to stir up controversy. It’s turning into a he-said, they-said feud between stars Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos and the helmer, who posted an open letter at French website Rue89 is titled “To Those Who Wish to Destroy ‘La Vie d’Adele.’”
After a detailed diatribe against figures in the press and associates who he feels have waged a campaign against him, the helmer has some choice words for Seydoux who recently spoke out against him with Exarchopoulos, telling the Daily Beast she would never work with him again and criticizing his treatment of the actresses on set.
Kechiche writes that, after Seydoux cried in his arms in Cannes for letting her have such a noble role, she has turned on him and is risking demolishing the reputation of the film. Calling Seydoux a “spoiled child,” he accuses her of “manipulation of the worst kind” for having accused him of being a “sadistic and perverse manipulator who forced two young actresses to perform non-stop nude sex scenes for 10 days” and for “psychologically humiliating and raping them to achieve what is seen on screen.”
Kechiche has been on a bit of a tear since Cannes, telling the French press the film shouldn’t be released, then saying he didn’t really believe that it shouldn’t be released.
“Blue” has opened well in its first week of release in France, while IFC is starting out with four screens on Friday.