Abdellatif Kechiche's lesbian romance Blue Is The Warmest Color: The Life Of Adele has landed the top prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
Kechiche and his leading actresses, Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux, collected the Palme d'Or in France during the event's closing ceremony on Sunday (26May13).
The movie tells the story of a 15-year-old girl who falls in love with an older woman, and Steven Spielberg, who headed the jury, tells the Associated Press, "The film is a great love story that made us all feel privileged to be invited to see this story of deep love and deep heartbreak. The director didn't put any constraints on the narrative."
Inside Llewyn Davis, by Joel and Ethan Coen, was also a big winner after landing the prestigious Grand Prix, while The Artist star Berenice Bejo nabbed Best Actress for her role in The Past. Bruce Dern earned the male equivalent for his turn in Nebraska.
Mexican filmmaker Amat Escalante was named Best Director for his drama Heli, while Kore-eda Hirokazu's Like Father, Like Son received the Jury Prize. Anthony Chen won the Camera d'Or for Best First Feature thanks to his Ilo Ilo.