The French film “Blue is the Warmest Color” won the Palme d’Or prize during the 2013 Cannes Film Festival on Sunday May 26 in Cannes France. The film with a plot that centers on a lesbian love affair was not just honoring the work of director Abdellatif Kechiche but also to costars Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux.
Unlike last year, some U.S. films were also victorious during the star-studded awards show. The Coen brothers new film “Inside Llewyn Davis,” was honored with the Grand Prix price. This prize is voted by the jury and is considered the second place winner of the festival. And American actor Bruce Dern was honored with the Award for Best Actor for his performance in Alexander Payne’s new film “Nebraska.”
Other awards for the feature films were:
- Best Director – Amat Escalante for “Heli”
- Best Screenplay – Jia Zhangke for “Tian Zhu Ding”
- Best Actress (tie) – Berenice Bejo for “Le Passe”
- Jury Prize – “Soshite Chichi Ni Naru,” directed by Kore-eda Hirokazu
- “Safe” directed by Byoung-Gon Moon
Un Certain Regard (films outside the official selection to award young filmmakers for all kinds of visions and styles)
- Prize of Un Certain Regard – “L’Image Manquante,” directed by Rithy Pahn
- Jury Prize – “Omar,” directed by Hany Abu-Assad
- Directing Prize – Alain Guiraudie for “L’Inconnu Du Lac”
- A Certain Talent Prize – “La Jaula De Oro,” directed by Diego Quemada-Diez
- Avenir Prize – “”Fruitvale Station,” directed by Ryan Coogler
Cinefondation (Student Films)
- 1st Prize – “Needle,” directed by Anahita Ghazvinizadeh
- 2nd Prize – “En Attendant Le Degel,” directed by Sarah Hirtt
- 3rd Prize – “In Acvariu,” directed by Tudor Cristian Jurgiu
Golden Camera (Best First Feature Film)
- “Ilo Ilo,” directed by Anthony Chen
It will be interesting to see if any of the films earning distinction at this year’s Cannes Film Festival will go on to be Oscar contenders.
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-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work at SilentHollywood.com