'Blue Is the Warmest Color' movie: Julie Maroh discusses Abdellatif Kechiche's failure to acknowledge her
[See previous post: “Lesbian Sex Scenes 'Turned into Porn' Complains Blue Is the Warmest Color Author.”] In the segment below (translated from the French original found here), Julie Maroh describes her less-than-satisfying professional relationship with Abdellatif Kechiche. I'm not a mind reader, but I do believe that her last couple of sentences carry a heavy dose of irony. (See also “Blue is the Warmest Color release date?“)
This finale at Cannes is evidently incredible, breathtaking. … Tonight, I discovered that it was the first time in film history that a “comic strip” [graphic novel] inspired a Palme d'Or winner, and this thought leaves me petrified. …
I'd like to thank everyone who was astonished, shocked, disgusted that Kechiche didn't say a thing about me while accepting the Palme d'Or. I have no doubts that he had good reasons for not having done so, much like he surely had his reasons for not making me visible on the red carpet at Cannes, even though I had crossed France to join them; for not meeting with me – even for a single hour – while shooting the film; for not appointing someone to keep me informed during the production process from June 2012 to April 2013; and for having never replied to any of my messages since 2011.
But to those who lively reacted [to Kechiche's Palme d'Or acceptance speech], I'd like to say that I don't feel any bitterness. He didn't make a declaration in front of the cameras, but on the evening of the official screening at Cannes, there were a few witnesses who heard him say to me, “Thank you, you were the starting point,” while holding my hand very tight.
Blue Is the Warmest Color cast
Besides Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos, the Blue Is the Warmest Color cast features Jeremie Laheurte, Catherine Salée, Aurélien Recoing, and Sandor Funtek. Abdellatif Kechiche co-wrote the screenplay adaptation with Ghalia Lacroix (also the film's co-editor).
The 2013 Cannes Film Festival Official Competition jury consisted of the following: Jury president Steven Spielberg (War Horse, Lincoln), Nicole Kidman (The Hours, Grace of Monaco), Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Life of Pi), Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days; Beyond the Hills), Naomi Kawase (The Mourning Forest, Hanezu), Christoph Waltz (Water for Elephants, Django Unchained), Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin, Ratcatcher), Vidya Balan (The Dirty Picture, No One Killed Jessica), and Daniel Auteuil (Jean de Florette, The Eighth Day).
An American remake for Blue Is the Warmest Color?
Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue Is the Warmest Color is one of the rare “gay movies” to have won the top award at a major international film festival. A predecessor was Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain, starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal – and which didn't feature any hot-and-heavy gay sex scenes, something that probably made it easier for the “gay cowboy” love story to take home the Venice Film Festival's Golden Lion back in 2005.
I mean, would Abdellatif Kechiche's sexually explicit – or at least sexually charged – La Vie d'Adèle (the original French title translates as “The Life of Adèle”) have won the Palme d'Or had it been called La Vie d'Adel? Would Kechiche have even considered making such a movie? The Blue Is the Warmest Color director stated that “during the shoot, I rarely thought of the fact that it was about two women. I saw two characters who loved each other, and the thought that they were of the same sex didn't cross my mind.” But would Kechiche have remained as oblivious to the same-sex issue had he filmed sex scenes with two guys giving their all? Maybe yes. Quite possibly not.
Léa Seydoux in Blue Is the Warmest Color a.k.a. Blue Is the Warmest Colour photo: Wild Bunch.