Blue is the Warmest Color Director to Auction Palme d'Or to Finance New FilmFilm, Theater | June 13, 2017, Tuesday @ 17:46| 237 views
Kechiche, Exarchopoulos and Seydoux accepting the Palme D’Or at Cannes, Photo: mxdwn.com
Director Abdellatif Kechiche, whose film Blue is the Warmest Color won the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, has decided to auction off that top prize in order to finance his current project, Mektoub, My Love, on which production has been stopped due to budgetary issues, The Guardian writes.
Kechiche released a statement on the matter to the Hollywood Reporter through his spokesperson. “In order to raise the necessary funds for the completion of post-production without further delays,” it read, “the French production and distribution company Quat’Sous is auctioning film memorabilia related to Kechiche’s work. Items to be offered range from the Palme d’Or (Cannes Film Festival 2013) to the oil paintings that played a central role in Blue Is the Warmest Color”.
The film, the most overtly sexual to ever take top honors at Cannes, was so well-received that its two stars, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux, also received Palme d’Ors. The erotic drama is based on the 2010 French graphic novel of the same name, detailing the love story between Emma (Seydoux) and Adèle (Exarchopoulos).
Shortly after the awards ceremony in 2013, though, choice words were exchanged between Seydoux and Kechiche, with the former vowing not to work with the director again, calling the experience “horrible”. Seydoux also suggested Kechiche demanded “blind trust”, and that filming the movie’s many sex scenes made her feel “like a prostitute”. Kechiche fired back, claiming the actor has “a lot to learn” and calling her “an arrogant, spoiled child”.
Kechiche’s new film, which stars French actors Lou Luttiau, Shain Boumediene and Ophelie Bau, follows a young screenwriter, Amin, as he goes home to the Mediterranean for a summer vacation.