‘Blue is the Warmest Colour’ is the first comic book adaptation to win top prize at Cannes


Blue is the Warmest Colour, a French drama about a lesbian love affair, took home the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival Sunday, marking the first time that a movie based on a comic book has won the prestigious Palme d’Or. Written and directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, the film stars Adèle Exarchopoulos as a 15-year-old girl who falls in love with a woman named Emma, played by Léa Seydoux. The film has received largely glowing reviews from critics, as well as a fair bit of controversy, due to its reportedly explicit sex scenes.

The nearly three-hour movie is based on Julie Maroh’s Le Bleu est une couleur chaude (“Blue is a hot color”), a 2010 graphic novel slated for US release later this year. Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis won the…

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