Lesbian romance wins top prize at Cannes Film Festival

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Lea Seydoux embraces Adele Exarchopoulos on stage after 'La Vie D'adele' receives the Palme D'or' at the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 26, 2013. Director Abdellatif Kechiche looks on. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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by JAKE COYLE

Associated Press

Posted on May 26, 2013 at 1:40 PM

CANNES, France (AP) — Abdellatif Kechiche's lesbian romance "Blue Is the Warmest Color: The Life of Adele" has won the Palme d'Or, the top honor of the Cannes Film Festival.

The jury, headed by Steven Spielberg, took the unusual move of awarding the Palme not just to Kechiche, but also to the film's two stars: Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux. The three clutched each other as they accepted the award, one of cinema's greatest honors.

Exarchopoulos stars in the film as a 15-year-old girl whose life is changed when she falls in love with an older woman, played by Seydoux.

Best acting honors at Cannes went to Bruce Dern for Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" and Berenic Bejo for Asghar Farhadi's "The Past."

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