‘Blue Is The Warmest Color’ Wins Gaul’s Louis Delluc Award

'Blue Is The Warmest Color' Wins

Helier Cisterne's "Vandal" wins best first film

Abdellatif Kechiche’s romance drama “Blue Is The Warmest Color” (“La vie d’Adele”) won the Louis Delluc prize, a prestigious French film award voted on by 14 top critics.

“Blue” beat out such strong contenders as Albert Dupontel’s dark comedy “Nine-Month Stretch” (“Neuf mois ferme”), Juliette Binoche starrer “Camille Claudel 1915,” directed by Bruno Dumont, Emmanuelle Bercot’s “On My Way” with Catherine Deneuve, Arnaud Desplechin’s English-language drama “Jimmy P.” with Benicio Del Toro, as well as Asghar Farhadi‘s “The Past” starring Berenice Bejo and Francois Dupeyron’s “My Soul Healed By You.”

“Blue,” set to compete at the Golden Globes in the foreign-language category, depicts the life-changing and passionate romance between two young women, Adele (Adele Exarchopoulos) and Emma (Lea Seydoux).

On top of winning the Palme d’Or in Cannes, “Blue” won prizes at the British Independent Film Awards and New York Film Critics Circle.  Exarchopoulos and Seydoux have also won a flurry of accolades, including the Palme d’Or which was exceptionally given to both Kechiche and the two leads by Steven Spielberg’s Cannes jury.

“Blue” was co-produced and repped in international markets by Wild Bunch. Sundance Selects released it the U.S. on Oct. 25.

Headed by Cannes film festival prexy Gilles Jacob, the Louis Delluc jury handed out the first film nod to Helier Cisterne’s coming-of-age drama “Vandal.”

“Vandal” is a surprise winner. Guillaume Gallienne’s hit crowdpleaser “Me, Myself and Mum,” which won two prizes at Directors’ Fortnight, was best-positioned to snatch up the nod for best directorial debut.

The Louis Delluc ceremony kicks off France’s awards season. The Cesar awards, Gaul’s equivalent to the Oscars, will take place on Feb. 28. Nominations will be unveiled on January 31.

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  1. Anon says:

    This movie has a really sad ending. The sex scenes were artfully done if you ask me, not much more graphic then any mainstream R rated movies. Lea is a very good actress.

  2. Guest says:

    Maybe you should go back to grammar school.

  3. I’m sure if you’ve never been weaned of cultish violence and prepostreous fiction this film will bore
    you because your senses have been stripped with OMG chaos,and senseless artistic repetition.
    Despite the length and interlocution this film has geist and insight into the interpolations of the master/slave context of Nietzche romanticism and underlines his contempt for the travails of
    the incurable romantic.Adele is trapped by her awakening libido into a slave relata with Emma;
    a vicarious vehicle for the adolescent romantic in all of us.It is a horror flick when the monsterEmma
    reveals herself au Mephistopheles as a wolf in sheeps clothing.A must for romantic teeniebops.
    I find her ultimate rejection because of hetereo action a sham,a burning of cover by a monster
    clothed in sheep’s clothing revealing the bloodsucking attitude of the manipulative role.A must horror
    show for adolescent romantics anxious on trying out;Adele’s charactyer carries them vicariously

    her master who manipulates lingually her prey to be a model for nothing more than kisses.

  4. Guest says:

    Will anyone ever have to guts to admit that apart from the steamy scenes, this is a very boring movie?

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