'Inside Llewyn Davis' by the Coen brothers won the Grand Prix

Blue Is The Warmest Colour, a film about two young female French lovers, has won this year’s Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Abdellatif Kechiche-directed film caused controversy at the annual festival in the south of France due to reportedly having the “most explosively graphic lesbian sex scenes in recent memory”.

Some had questioned whether the scenes would be too explicit for the top prize, especially since the chair juror this year was Steven Spielberg, but the acclaimed director denies that the jury panel were looking to shock by picking the film as their winning movie from a shortlist of 20.

He told reporters:

I think it will get a lot of play… I think this film carries a very strong message, a very positive message.

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Accepting the prize, director Abdellatif Kechiche said: “I should like to dedicate this film to the wonderful youth of France whom I met during the long period while making this film. Those young people taught me a lot about the spirit of freedom and living together.”

Blue Is The Warmest Colour beat off stiff competition from the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, which came away with the Grand Prix, the festival’s second major prize.