EXCLUSIVE: Curzon Film World has nabbed UK rights to Abdellatif Kechiche’s Palme d’Or winner.

Curzon Film World, the parent distribution company of label Artificial Eye, has picked up UK rights to Abdellatif Kechiche’s Palme d’Or winner Blue is the Warmest Colour from Wild Bunch.

Franco-Tunisian filmmaker Kechiche’s steamy portrait of a youthful, lesbian love affair stars Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux. The film topped Screen’s Cannes critics jury and was an immediate hit with reviewers.

Louisa Dent, managing director of Curzon Film World said: “Abdellatif Kechiche is an extraordinary filmmaker. I love his previous films. L’Esquive is a personal favourite. But Blue Is The Warmest Colour takes his cinematic voice to a whole new level.

“It has been rightly acclaimed by the industry and critics in Cannes, and we are very proud to be releasing it in the UK.”

A release date has yet to be confirmed.

Curzon World also recently picked up Paolo Sorrentino’s Cannes competition entry The Great Beauty, Ritesh Batra drama The Lunchbox and UK drama Lilting, starring Ben Whishaw. All films will be released through the Artificial Eye label.