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Comic adaptation ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ wins Palme d’Or


The lesbian coming-of-age story Blue is the Warmest Color on Sunday won the 2013 Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, marking the first time a graphic novel adaptation has received the honor. Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud’s animated Persepolis won the Jury Prize in 2007.

Based on Julie Maroh’s 2010 graphic novel Le Bleu est Une Couleur Chaude, which will be published in the United States in October as Blue Angel, the story follows a 15-year-old girl whose life is turned upside down when she meets a blue-haired art student.

TheWrap reports that Abdellatif Kechiche’s film, which opened just three days before the festival’s end, became one of the critical hits at Cannes. It’s the first gay-themed love story to win the Palme d’Or, and it’s characterized as the most sexually explicit.

On her website, Maroh thanked her fans for the outpouring of support she’s received since Sunday’s ceremony, ending her message with, “Make comic books. It’s cool.”

(via Bleeding Cool)



Why must American publishers always arbitrarily change the titles of books they translate? ‘Blue is The Warmest Color’ is a fantastic title. Why distance yourself from the buzz generated by the Palme d’Or win”?


(1) I prefer “Blue Is The Warmest Color” too, but using different titles to suit different country/market is done everywhere, not just by American publishers. Even the French filmmakers felt it necessary to change the title in its native market: The movie is known in France as “The Life Of Adele.” Also, “Blue Angel” will be published by a Canadian publisher, not an American one.

(2) The title of “Blue Angel” was probably chosen months, if not years, before the Cannes.

Andrew Collins

May 28, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Curious to see if the English language publisher re-titles it to fall in line with the movie’s title…


If it’s ok with everyone, I’m gonna go ahead and take full credit for making this happen :)

Because it’s obvious that The Powers That Be are avid Robot 6 readers, and were so moved by my comment that they just HAD to take action!

The system does work!

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