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2013 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Color

#15. Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Color

Gist: This centers on Jocelyne (Adele Exarchopoulos), who is 15 years old and is certain of two things: she is a girl, and girls go out with boys. On the day in which she spots Emma’s (Lea Seydoux) blue hair on the Grand Place, she senses that her life is about to change. Facing these teenage troubles on her own, she transforms the way she looks at herself and the way that others see her. Through her love story with Emma, she gains fulfillment as a woman, and as an adult. But Jocelyne is unable to make peace, neither with her parents, nor with a world full of absurd moralities, nor with herself…

Prediction: Kechiche, who with five directed features to his name has to be one of the most exciting actor turned directors working in cinema, favors depictions of those that reside on the outskirts of societal norms, perhaps most perfectly in his excellent 2007 film, The Secret of the Grain. He tends to favor premiering in Venice (and his last film 2010’s Black Venus premiered there, sadly never receiving a release stateside) but we’re hoping that Wild Bunch opts to submit Blue is the Warmest Color for a Main Competition entry, as it sounds like a magnificent adaptation of a graphic novel and starring one of the most alluring up and coming French actresses, Lea Seydoux.

 

 

 

 

Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is IONCINEMA.com's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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