Cannes Wrap-up: Winners and Highlights

BATD ON May 28, 2013 AT 11:59 am

Blue is the Warmest Color won the prestigious Palme d’Or award at the 2013 Cannes film festival

The 2013 Cannes Film Festival has come to an close, marking the end of the biggest celebrity clad, high-fashion, film event of the year and the addition of a bunch of new films to add to our list of  ’must-sees’ at the cinema this year (not to mention a slew of must-try beauty looks)

The Palme d’Or, the festival’s most prestigious honor, went to ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’, directed by French director Abdellatif Kechiche and staring Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux (she of Prada Candy fame). The longest film at the festival, running a whole 187 minutes, is based on a French graphic novel and tells the story of the relationship between two students in Lille, one of which has blue hair, hence the film’s title. The film, depicting the relationship between two women, caused a bit of controversy due to the explicit and lengthy sex scenes.

Upon winning the award, the director Kechiche, acknowledged the French youth when saying, “I should like to dedicate this film to the wonderful youth of France whom I met during the long period while making this film. Those young people taught me a lot about the spirit of freedom and living together.”

The jury included directors Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg, and actors Nicole Kidman and Cristoph Waltz. Their decision to award the Palme d’Or to ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ marks the first time a graphic-novel adaptation has won the top award. Steven Spielberg, the jury’s president acknowledged it as “a great love story.”

“I think it will get a lot of play,” Spielberg said. “I think the film carries a very strong message, a very positive message.”

Other award winners were the Coen brothers’ film, ‘Inside Llewyn Davis‘, which stars Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, and Oscar Isaac. The film, a period piece taking place in New York during the sixties’, won the Grand Prix, which is usually known as the runner-up award.

A still with Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake from ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

‘The Artist‘ actress, Bernice Bejo, proved she is a rising force in the business and can extend beyond silent films with her award as best actress for her performance in ‘The Past,’ an Iranian-French drama.

Veteran actor, Bruce Dern, won Best Actor for his performance in ‘Nebraska,’ directed by Alexander Payne, the same director of ‘Sideways‘ and ‘The Descendants‘.

Steven Soderbergh’s highly talked about film, ‘Behind the Candelabra‘, surprisingly walked away with nothing, although was still warmly received by critics. The film retells the affair between the flamboyant Liberace with a younger man, played by Matt Damon.

Check out the full list of 2013 Cannes Film winners here.

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