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Lesbian love story awarded top prize at Cannes

  • A lesbian love story won the top prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival on Sunday.

    La Vie d'Adele - Chapitre 1 & 2 (Blue is the Warmest Color), directed by French director Abdellatif Kechiche, beat 20 films to take home the Palme d'Or.

    Critics had chosen the film as a possible winner at the 66th Cannes festival but raised doubts over whether its explicit lesbian sex scenes would discourage the jury.

    Inside Llewyn Davis, the story about a struggling folk singer, by the American Coen brothers was named as runner-up.

    The third prize went to Japanese director for his film, Kore-Eda Hirokazu's Soshite Chichi Ni Naru (Like Father, Like Son).

    Mexico's Amat Escalante won the award for best director for his grim portrayal of Mexico’s drug war in Heli.

    The award for best actor went to American Bruce Dern, 76, for Alexander Payne's Nebraska, in which he plays an alcoholic father on a road trip with his son to collect a lottery prize.

    French actress Berenice Bejo won the award for best actress for her role as the wife in Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's drama, Le Passe (The Past).

    Tagged as: Entertainment, Cannes, Lesbian love story, Cannes film festival