The French film takes the top prize
Blue Is The Warmest Colour has taken the Palme d’Or at a time when gay marriage is slowly becoming legalized around the Western World. It’s not only political and social context that has seen this film take the prestigious prize, though.
"Young people in France are often way ahead of my generation in their thinking, and they are open to the world. Tunisian youth are the same: that's why there was a revolution. The older people didn't listen," said The winning film-maker, Abdellatif Kechiche, who admitted it was unlikely that his film will be shown in his native Tunisia because of the sexual scenes. "I will do my utmost to make sure it's seen there. But there are other countries too, like Italy, that have a problem with censorship. I hope this film will help." Presiding jury president, Steven Spielberg, was very impressed by the winner. "The film is a great love story … We were absolutely spellbound by the two brilliant young actresses, and the way the director observed his young players."
The Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis, which was touted as an early favourite, achieved the second place Grand Prix prize. Oscar Isaac, who plays the titular character and is set for big things having worked with the famous sibling auteurs, picked up the award in their absence.
Speilberg was unequivocal in his praise for Blue is The Warmest Colour
The Coen Brothers impressed with Inside Llewyn Davis