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Cannes Film Festival 2013: the winners (and who should have won)

Posted at 1:00 pm, May 28, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment

Blue is the warmest colour
The 2013 Cannes Film Festival came to a close on Sunday night – and the festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or, went to ‘Blue is the Warmest Colour‘ (above), an intense and moving three-hour French film about the highs and lows of a young lesbian relationship. It was an inspired choice: ‘Blue is the Warmest Colour’ is alive, joyful and true, and it nails the frightening intensity of first love. Steven Spielberg, the president of the jury, said his fellow jurors, which included the actress Nicole Kidman, fellow director Ang Lee and Austrian actor Christoph Waltz, were ‘spellbound’ by Abdellatif Kechiche’s film, which stars 19-year-old Adèle Exarchopoulos as a young woman at school who falls in love with a slightly older artist, played by Léa Seydoux. The film should come to British cinemas later this year, via a stop at the London Film Festival in October, and you can read the five-star Time Out review of the film here.

Who won what at Cannes 2013 – and who was robbed…

Palme d’Or
Won: ‘Blue is the Warmest Colour’ (Abdellatif Kechiche)
Should have won: ‘Blue is the Warmest Colour’ (Abdellatif Kechiche)

Grand Prix
Won:Inside Llewyn Davis‘ (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
Should have won:The Great Beauty‘ (Paolo Sorrentino)

Jury Prize
Won:Like Father, Like Son‘ (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
Should have won:Heli‘ (Amat Escalante)

Best director
Won: ‘Heli’ (Amat Escalante)
Should have won: ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)

Won:A Touch of Sin‘ (Jia Zhangke)
Should have won: ‘Like Father, Like Son’ (Hirokazu Kore-eda)

Won: Bruce Dern (‘Nebraska‘)
Should have won: Michael Douglas (‘Behind the Candelabra‘)

Won: Bérénice Bejo (‘The Past’)
Should have won: Emmanuelle Seigner (‘Venus in Fur’)

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