It’s Labor Day weekend here in North America, which means a few things in particular. Schools are opening their doors, the green maple leaves have reached their peak and will soon begin turning color, and my personal favorite — in the four months that lie ahead of us, we will be treated to the best films of the year being released at the box office. Buzz has already begun to surround several pics, one of which is the French film Blue Is The Warmest Color, a mindblowing lesbian love story which has been blowing critics away ever since it took home the top prize Palme D’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The film is set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival soon, but recently it bowed at Telluride, and Marlow Stern of The Daily Beast was there. She spoke with the two female leads of the film, Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos, and published the following story earlier this morning. The following is an excerpt:
“Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, and based on a graphic novel by Julie Maroh, ‘Blue’ tells the story of Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos), an awkward but beautiful 15-year-old girl whose initial sexual forays leave much to be desired. All that changes when she crosses paths with Emma (Léa Seydoux), a blue-haired college student studying art. It’s love—or is it lust?—at first sight, and before long, the two are inseparable. But, like any first love, the pair’s hidden quirks and desires begin to reveal themselves, and they struggle to remain afloat. In a Cannes Film Festival first, the Palme d’Or was awarded to the entire ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ team—Kechiche, Exarchopoulos, and Seydoux—and the three-hour film has received universal praise from critics and audiences alike for its honest and poignant portrayal of first love. The film’s two stars, who deliver two of the best performances of the year, sat down with Marlow Stern at the Telluride Film Festival to discuss the hellish-sounding making of the film, including why they’re embarrassed by the film’s talked-about 10-minute sex scene, and how they were terrorized on set by Kechiche.”
You can read the entire interview in full by visiting TheDailyBeast.com. Blue Is The Warmest Color plays at TIFF on September 5th & 7th, and if you’re in the Toronto area for these dates you can purchase tickets to the screenings by visiting TIFF.net.