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Greece's triumph at Cannes Film Festival

27 May 2013 / 14:05:46  GRReporter
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"The life of Adele" has deservedly won the prestigious film prize Palme d'Or at Cannes as stated by film critics. The three-hour film of French director of Tunisian origin Abdellatif Kechiche shows the turbulent transition of a teenager to adulthood. The main topic under consideration is the way in which she responds to and accepts her homosexuality.

The main character Adele Exarchopoulos who impressed the audience with her acting is only 19 years old but she has failed to get into the spotlight. This is because the film audience has not seen in the past such realistic and extremely revealing sex scenes between homosexuals.

However, Adele Exarchopoulos did not win the prize for best actress. It went to another French actress, namely Bérénice Bejo for her participation in the film "The Past" by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi.

Adele provokes the audience with her compelling performance as a teenager, who reveals her strong erotic feelings towards one female student with dyed blue hair from the Academy of Arts.
In an interview for the French edition of Glamour magazine, Adele Exarchopoulos admits that she was very embarrassed when she had to shoot the shocking scenes. "Lea and I laughed with embarrassment in the beginning. It is not easy to meet someone and to find yourself naked with that person in bed within a few hours. I was worried how the people would perceive this, especially because my father was going to see the film at the Cannes Film Festival for the first time."

Adele’s Greek origin is on her father's side. Although her grandfather was Greek, she says that she does not have any contacts with Greece, which she has not even visited yet. As she says, the only Greek word that she knows is "feta".

The young discovery of French cinema states that even a year after the shooting, she feels uncomfortable when watching the film and describes the result as "more brutal" than expected. "There is no music, we hear our breathing, the spanking of our hands on our hind parts," says Adele for Glamour magazine. At the same time, however, she explicitly states that she wanted the role and gave everything to perform it in the most convincing manner.

The other performance of Greek flavour at Cannes was the film "Nebraska" by director Alexander Payne. He received very good critics, but failed to win the big prize. However, the prize for best actor went to the main character in the film, namely the actor - veteran Bruce Dern. Since he did not attend the ceremony, the director received his reward.

Alexander Payne or Alexandros Konstantinos Papadopoulos was born in Nebraska in a family of immigrants from Greece. He has won many film awards, including two Oscar statuettes for original screenplay.

Tags: CinemaCannes Film FestivalPalme dOrAdele ExarchopoulosAlexander Payne
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