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Blue is the Warmest Color Wins the 2013 Cannes Palme d’Or

Blue is the Warmest Color

In a ceremony hosted by actress Audrey Tatou and with a jury headed by director Steven Spielberg, the 2013 Cannes Film Festival awarded its top prize, the Palme d’Or, to Abdellatif Kechiche’s lesbian teen romance, Blue is the Warmest Color. In an unusual move for this auteur-centric festival, the jury gave the award to Kechiche and his two lead actresses, Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux. The three-hour film, which also won the FIPRESCI prize, was bought for the U.S. during the festival by IFC’s Sundance Selects.

The jury distributed awards evenly among the majority of films that had been buzzed about as potential winners. Perhaps the largest surprise was Mexico’s Amat Escalante winning the Best Director Award for his violent and divisive Heli. The Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis picked up the Grand Jury Prize while Nebraska‘s Bruce Dern took Best Actor.

Among the other awards, Filmmaker 25 New Face Ryan Coogler won the Avenir Prize for his Fruitvale Station while New York independent Jeremy Saulnier won a FIPRESCI Prize for his Director’s Fortnight selection, Blue Ruin.

Here are the 2013 Cannes Film Festival Competition Winners as well as the Un Certain Regard Winners and Ecumenical Prizes.

Palme d’Or: Blue is the Warmest Color, given to director Abdellatif Kechiche and actors Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux.

Grand Prix: Inside Llewyn Davis, the Coen Brothers.

Prix de la Mise en Scene (best director): Heli, Amat Escalante.

Prix du Scenario (best screenplay): A Touch of Sin, Jia Zhangke.

Camera d’Or (best first feature): Ilo Ilo, Anthony Chen.

Prix du Jury (jury prize): Like Father, Like Son, Hirokazu Kore-eda.

Prix d’interpretation feminine (best actress): Berenice Bejo, The Past.

Prix d’interpretation masculine (best actor): Bruce Dern, Nebraska.

Un Certain Regard Prize: The Missing Picture, Rithy Panh.

Jury Prize, Un Certain Regard: Omar, Hany Abu-Assad.

Directing Prize, Un Certain Regard: Alain Guiraudie, Stranger by the Lake.

A Certain Talent Prize: The ensemble cast of La Jaula de Oro, by Diego Quemada-Diz.

Avenir Prize: Fruitvale Station, Ryan Coogler.

FIPRESCI Prize, Competition: Blue Is The Warmest Color, Abdellatif Kechiche.

FIPRESCI Prize, Un Certain Regard: Manuscripts Don’t Burn, Mohammad Rasoulof.

FIPRESCI Prize, Parallel Section: Blue Ruin, Jeremy Saulnier.

Ecumenical Jury Prize: The Past, Asghar Farhadi.

Ecumenical Jury Prize Special Mention: Like Father Like Son, Hirokazu Kore-eda and Miele, Valeria Golino.

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