La Vie d'Adele Earns La Palme d'Or Cannes (Update)

EYES IN Magazine Editor-in-Chief Vivian Van Dijk met the Palme d'Or winners Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux, backstage at Miu Miu during Paris Fashion Week 2014. Both women looked stunning in their designer outfits.

Vivian was live at Cannes 2013 when La Vie d'Adele won the Palme d'Or. Please see the article below.

La Vie d'Adele has earned La Palme d'Or Cannes!

The President of the Jury, Steven Spielberg, explained that "The Jury took note of the excellence of three artists: Adèle Exarchopoulos, Léa Seydoux et Abdellatif Kechiche."

After receiving his award from American actress Uma Thurman, the winner, accompanied by his two actresses, declared: "I want to remind everyone of a man who helped me find my way, who I love and who I miss: Claude Berri. I want to dedicate this prize and this film to the wonderful young people of France who I met while making this film and who taught me so much about the hope for freedom and of living in harmony together. And to the young people who, not so long ago, lived through the Tunisian revolution, so as to inspire them to live in freedom, express themselves in freedom and love in freedom."

EYES IN Editor-in-Chief, Vivian Van Dijk, has offered the following:

"In order to give an idea about what type of reactions the film 'La Vie d'Adele' evoked - I have summarized a few quotes below. Personally due to a scheduling conflict I was unfortunately unable to see the film. 

"The most interesting was that mostly men alerted me on this film. Biggest recurrent question they asked was if I thought the erotic scenes were acted or for real...They seem to be disappointed not to get an answer on this from me or to hear that I did not see the film."–Vivian Van Dijk Editor-in-Chief EYES IN Magazine

"The Best Film at Cannes Is the French, Lesbian Answer to Brokeback Mountain." (the Atlantic -

"Epic and erotic yet intimate – Abdellatif Kechiche's uncompromising story of an affair makes other films look tame." (The Guardian - Peter Bradshaw)

"‘Blue is the Warmest Colour’ is the most brazenly singular return the ‘Couscous’ director could have made, and the richest film of his career to boot. Nothing about the film’s coming-of-age narrative, nor the rise and fall of its core romance, is intrinsically new or daring, yet Kechiche’s freewheeling perspective on young desire is uncommon in its emotional maturity." (Time Out London - Guy Lodge)

In a compilation of La Vie d'Adele - Chapitre 1 & 2 (Blue is the warmest colour), Béatrice de Mondenard (Cannes) writes:

An adaptation of the comic strip "Bleu est une couleur chaude", Blue is the warmest colour (La Vie d’Adèle - Chapitre 1 & 2) is the fifth feature film by the Franco-Tunisian director, and the first to be selected in Cannes. It tells the story of a passionate love affair between two young women from different social circumstances, played by Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos.

In four films, Abdellatif Kechiche has made a name for himself as one of the most talented French film makers, in a naturalistic and humanist vein: long shot sequences and group scenes where the dialogue appears to be improvised depict the daily life of a community, and particular attention is paid to the actors and especially the actresses - he discovered Sara Forestier and Hafsia Herzi.

Although certain themes, such as immigration and social differences, are woven through all his films, the Franco-Tunisian director completely changes the universe of each film: from an emigrant without papers, between struggles and solidarity in Paris (Blame it on Voltaire (La Faute à Voltaire), 2000), to youth from an economically underprivileged suburb who are rehearsing a play by Marivaux (Games of Love and Chance (L’Esquive), 2004), to an elderly labourer from the shipyards who begins a new career in restoration (The Secret of the Grain (La Graine et le Mulet), 2007), to the Hottentot Venus, who died in Paris in 1815 after a tragic destiny (Black Venus (Vénus noire), 2010).

Blue is the warmest colour, his fifth film, is for the first time drawn from a pre-existing work. It is actually a very free adaptation of the comic strip entitled "Le Bleu est une couleur chaude" by Julie Maroh (2010), a love story between a young woman and an adolescent who wants to become a school teacher.

Even when devastated by heartbreak, Adèle does everything she can to achieve her professional goal. Like all the characters of Kechiche, Adèle is a fighter, strong and brave. The French title of the film is La Vie d’Adèle - Chapitre 1 & 2, because there could be other episodes in the life of Adèle. "I would really like to have Adèle tell me the rest of the story," says the director.

The Press Conference for "La Vie d'Adele" (Blue is the warmest color)

There were a lot of questions for Abdellatif Kechiche and his team at the press conference for Blue is the Warmest Colour (La Vie d’Adèle – Chapitre 1 & 2). The filmmaker was accompanied by his two actresses, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux, and his producers Brahim Chioua and Vincent Maraval.

Abdellatif Kechiche on the graphic novel

I was very affected by the story of an encounter that turns the character's life upside down and makes her discover who she is. Then there is the work involved in adaptation. The story takes places in the 1990s, in a militant context that I preferred to avoid in order to concentrate on the encounter, the difficulty of living together and separation.

Abdellatif Kechiche on his use of close-ups

It is not something that you think about, really, but close-ups allow you to capture very subtle expressions that you don't always see in real life.

Abdellatif Kechiche on the heat and intimacy of the sex scenes

Sensuality is more difficult to film in meal scenes. Even if it's not easy in sex scenes, you already have the sculpture of the bodies, the lights, and the beauty of the faces.

On working with Abdellatif Kechiche

Léa Seydoux: What is so exciting with Abdel is that the process is continuous, there are millions of possibilities, and with the rushes, he can can make a completely different film. He has a totally unique way of making a film, he makes it in the moment.

Adèle Exarchopoulos: He has a way of directing without directing. You don't even know when you are being filmed or not.

Abdellatif Kechiche on a possible sequel

Since Games of Love and Chance (L’esquive), have had trouble leaving my characters behind. Now I have ideas for so many things that could happen in Adèle's life that I have started imagining new chapters. I don't know if they'll ever become a reality but I get excited thinking about them.

Synopsis of La Vie d'Adele (Blue Is the Warmest Colour)

At 15, Adele doesn't question it: a girl goes out with boys. Her life is turned upside down the night she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself, finds herself...


Abdellatif KECHICHE - Director

Abdellatif KECHICHE - Screenplay
Ghalya LACROIX - Screenplay
Julie MAROH - Freely inspired by the comic book "Le Bl
Sofian EL FANI - Cinematography
Camille TOUBKIS - Film Editor
Albertine LASTERA - Film Editor
Jean-Marie LENGELLE - Film Editor
Ghalya LACROIX - Film Editor
Jean-Paul HURIER - Sound
Jérôme CHENEVOY - Sound


Léa SEYDOUX - Emma

Salim KECHIOUCHE - Samir
Jérémie LAHEURTE - Thomas
Aurélien RECOING - Père Adèle
Catherine SALÉE - Mère Adèle
Alma JODOROWSKI - Béatrice
Fanny MAURIN - Amélie
Sandor FUNTEK - Valentin


Source: Cannes Film Festival

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EYES IN Magazine is live at the Cannes Film Festival 2013, bringing you the latest news in innovative cinema. Please check daily as we update it with the festival happenings.

This article was originally published May 26, 2013.

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