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Lesbian love story named frontrunner for top prize at Cannes

Lesbian love story named frontrunner for top prize at Cannes

‘Blue is the Warmest Colour’, a powerful lesbian love story with intimate lesbian sex scenes, has become a frontrunner for the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

The film is seen as a landmark in terms of exploring and depicting lesbian love and female sexuality.

It premiered at Cannes yesterday and quickly became the critics’ favourite for the festival.

It contains the lengthiest, most intimate and most graphic lesbian sex scenes ever shown in a mainstream film.

The film runs for three hours and tells the story of a love affair between a Frenchwoman and a teenage girl.

The intimate physical scenes come as only one element of a deep study of the relationship between the two young women as it grows from young first love into domesticity.

The film was screened less than a week after same-sex marriage was legalized in France.

The Tunisian-born French director Abdellatif Kechiche explained in production notes the film was a love story with all the beauty that involves and he was telling the story of a couple.

‘When I decided to tell this story the particular political context did not exist – we didn’t make the film to comply with a given political context. I didn’t want to make a militant film that had a message to deliver about homosexuality’.

On the graphic sex scenes, he said: ‘We shot the scenes as if they were paintings. We spent a lot of time lighting them so that they are really beautiful.’

The director said he would be willing to contemplate some cuts in the film to allow the widest possible audience to see the work.

The film is loosely adapted from a graphic novel by Julie Maroh.

Cannes has also seen the premieres of homoerotic film ‘Stranger at the Lake’ and Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, which also includes gay sex scenes.