‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ and ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ Win Top Prizes at Cannes
In what should come as a surprise to no one, the latest film from the Coen brothers took home a big prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. In what may be a little more surprising, a French coming-of-age film about two lesbians took home the grand prize.
The Palme d'Or (the Cannes equivalent of best film) went to 'Blue is the Warmest Color,' which has emerged from the festival as a critical darling. In addition to director Abdellatif Kechiche, the film's two leading ladies were also invited to share in the award by jury president Steven Spielberg (an extremely unusual but wonderful touch).
The Grand Prix prize (AKA, second place) went to Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' which tells the story of a folk musician in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s. The Oscar-winning team are no strangers to the festival, as their 'Barton Fink' took home the Palme d'O over, Best Director and Best Actor back in 1991. Expect to hear a lot about 'Inside Llewyn Davis' come Oscar time.
Meanwhile, Bruce Dern won Best Actor for 'Nebraska' and Berenice Bejo won Best Actress for 'The Past.' The Chinese film 'A Touch of Sin' scooped up the screenplay award and Mexican director Amat Escalante won Best Director for 'Heli.'