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Coming Out of The Blue

Tuesday 28th May / presented by Andy Snelling

This years Palme d’Or - the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival has been won - to Blue is the Warmest Colour, a three-hour French love story between two young lesbians.

The film’s director and its leads shed tears of joy as head of the competition jury, Steven Spielberg announced the award.Meanwhile, riot police in Paris battled people at an anti-gay marriage rally that saw an estimated 150,000 protesters.The French-Tunisian director of Blue is the Warmest Colour Abdellatif Kechiche dedicated the film to the youth of France and Tunis, who he says have the “aspiration to live free, to express themselves freely and to love in full freedom.”Perhaps this was the reason why the graphic erotic scenes in the film aren’t simulated.So what does the win mean for the queer film industry, and indeed gay rights in general?And why is it important that the sex be real?Melbourne Queer Film Festival Director Lisa Daniels with me…

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