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Fipresci prizes awarded in Cannes

Winners include Blue Is The Warmest Colour, Manuscripts Don’t Burn and Blue Ruin.

International critics association Fipresci has given its Cannes Competition honor for 2013 to Abdellatif Kechiche’s teenage lesbian drama Blue is the Warmest Colour (La Vie D’Adele - Chapitre 1 & 2). The film is now seen as the frontrunner heading into the Palme d’Or ceremony. Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux star. Wild Bunch handles sales and deals already signed include to Sundance Selects for the US.

In Un Certain Regard, the Fipresci prize went to Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof’s Manuscripts Don’t Burn. Elle Driver handles sales.

Jeremy Saulnier’s US thriller Blue Ruin won the Fipresci prize for the parallel sections in Cannes.

The film, which screened in Directors’ Fortnight, is sold by Memento and was already a hot seller with a slew of deals including to the TWC-Radius for the US and Picturehouse for the UK. It has also gone to the Middle East (Falcon), Turkey (BIR), Portugal (Vendetta), India (Picture Works), Scandinavia and Iceland (Non-Stop), Latin America (CDI), Korea (Jinjin), Spain (Festival Film) and Australia (Madman).

Blue Ruin centres on a man who receives unwelcome news and sets off for his childhood home on a revenge mission. Devin Ratray, Eve Plumb and Amy Hargreaves star.

Separately, the Ecumenical jury prize in Cannes went to Asghar Farhadi’s The Past (Le Passe).

 

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