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French Lesbian Movie 'Blue is the Warmest Color' 'Wins Top Prize at Cannes

| by Michael Allen

The lesbian love story "La Vie d'Adele - Chapitre 1 & 2" (Blue is the Warmest Color) won the prestigious Palme d’Or film award at the 66th Cannes Film Festival on Sunday.

The film stars Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos who engage in a hot romance, including a 10-minute erotic scene that includes "scissoring."

In the three hour movie, directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, Seydoux plays an art student and painter with blue hair who meets a 17-year-old student played by Exarchopoulos, reports the New York Times.

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"Everyone who is against same-sex marriage or love between two people of the same sex must see the film," Cannes Film Festival Thierry Fremaux told Reuters.

Kechiche dedicated his award to the youth of France and Tunisia who "wanted only to live, speak and love freely" during the Arab Spring.

The jury deciding the award this year includes director Steven Spielberg and actress Nicole Kidman.

Spielberg said the award would be shared between Kechiche, Exarchopoulos and Seydoux.

"I think it will get a lot of play ... I think this film carries a very strong message, a very positive message," Spielberg told the media. "It was the perfect choice between those two actresses and this incredible very sensitive and observant filmmaker."

Spielberg said he supported same-sex marriage, but denied the award was promoting this cause.

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Sources: Reuters and New York Times