Lesbian love story wins Palme d'Or at Cannes

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French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche (C) poses on stage on May 26, 2013 with his Palme d'Or, flanked by French actresses Lea Seydoux (L) and Adele Exarchopoulos,

On a day in Paris, France that saw tens of thousands marched through Paris to protest a new gay marriage law, the sexually graphic lesbian love story “Blue is the Warmest Colour” on Sunday scooped the top Palme d’Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche’s three-hour film set Cannes abuzz with its explicit unsimulated sex scenes and has made a star out of one of its lead actresses Adele Exarchopoulos.

Head of the jury Steven Spielberg, announcing the prize, said the jury was this year taking the unusual step of honouring three people with the award — Kechiche, Exarchopoulos and the other lead actress Lea Seydoux, who all went on stage to accept the accolade.

French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche (C) poses on stage on May 26, 2013 with his Palme d'Or, flanked by French actresses Lea Seydoux (L) and Adele Exarchopoulos,
French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche (C) poses on stage on May 26, 2013 with his Palme d’Or, flanked by French actresses Lea Seydoux (L) and Adele Exarchopoulos,

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