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Blue is the Warmest Color Adds Louis Delluc Prize to Trophy Collection

Regardless that it is predetermined not to win Oscar’s Best Foreign gold, Abdellatif Kechiche’s latest (no matter what title it goes by) is the year’s certifiable best European offering and the Louis Delluc Prize is not a bad follow up to a Palme d’or win. Adèle: Chapter 1 & 2 a.k.a Blue is the Warmest Color follows Secret and the Grain (read my predix here) in grabbing the prestigious title for Best French film of the year with the upcoming César Awards being the perfect trifecta. The Delluc prize for best first film went to Hélier Cisterne’s Vandal, which has flown under the radar not playing at any major film fest.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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