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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)