Lesbian love epic 'Blue is the Warmest Colour' wins Cannes top prize

French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche, with actresses Lea Seydoux (left) and Adele Exarchopoulos, at Cannes. Photo: Xinhua

An audacious lesbian love story featuring hardcore sex, Blue is the Warmest Colour by French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche, won the top prize on Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival in a watershed year for gay rights.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Chopard jewels worth US$1m stolen at Cannes

A policeman stands guard outside the Novotel Hotel in central Cannes after Chopard jewellery worth more than US1m was stolen at the hotel. Photo: AFP

Jewellery worth more than US$1 million due to be loaned to stars treading the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival was stolen in a pre-dawn heist on Friday but the coveted Palme d’Or trophy was safe, officials said.

18 May 2013 - 1:50am

First-time director Flora Lau's film, Bends, to compete in Cannes

Flora Lau

First-time director Flora Lau's odd-couple romantic tale about an affluent woman and her mainland chauffeur has been selected to compete in the Cannes Film Festival's Un Certain Regard section.

19 Apr 2013 - 3:44am

Johnnie To, Chen Kaige on Oscars long list for best foreign film

The Oscars foreign long-list includes (clockwise, from top left) Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, Michael Haneke, Chen Kaige and Johnnie To. Photo: AFP

French blockbuster Les Intouchables and Austrian Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or winner Love are hot tips for best foreign language Oscar, from a long-list of candidates. Hong Kong movie master Johnnie To and China’s Chen Kaige are also among films from 71 countries which could be vying for an Academy statuette.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Rebel film director Lou Ye heads to Cannes

Lou Ye, the Chinese director twice banned for screening his work at overseas film festivals without securing official approval, is expected to appear at the Cannes Film Festival next month with his first officially sanctioned film in nine years.

20 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Party-driver Gilbert Yeung sets his sights on a string of gigs from Cannes to Sao Paulo

It's been three years since Gilbert Yeung Kei-lung entered the DJ booth at Kee Club. Few might know it, but the Dragon-i boss spun for parties at Kee before starting his own night spot ventures. Yeung deejayed for a record six hours at Kee on Friday, playing classic tracks. 'It's special for me personally. I used to play there for almost two years before opening Dragon-i,' said Yeung.

23 May 2011 - 12:00am

Wuxia's high-flying moments at Cannes

1. A Touch of Zen (1975)

The first Chinese-language feature to win an award at Cannes (the Technical Grand Prize) and one of the most influential wuxia films of all time. A Touch of Zen not only represents Hong Kong and Taiwan-based director King Hu at the pinnacle of his career but is a true milestone with its blend of martial arts, philosophy and motion picture aesthetics.

22 May 2011 - 12:00am

Sorry, it's no Cannes do

While the eyes of the cinematic world focus on the Cannes Film Festival, Hong Kong is just a bit part player.

This year, Japan has two films at the festival's main competition and one in its more alternative-driven parallel showcase, the Directors' Fortnight.

Meanwhile, South Korea has three films in the festival's Un Certain Regard section.

18 May 2011 - 12:00am

Cannes entry may get US release in autumn

Peter Chan Ho-sun's Cannes Film Festival entry Wu Xia could be released in the US in the autumn, the director said after the film's premiere at Cannes over the weekend.

16 May 2011 - 12:00am


So it is, then, that Wong Kar-wai couldn't complete his long-gestated martial arts movie The Grandmasters in time for this year's Cannes Film Festival. Yet he remains omnipresent on the Croisette: a still of his 1988 film As Tears Go By is plastered all over town as the key art of this year's Critics' Week sidebar programme, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

15 May 2011 - 12:00am

Culture f lock

Last night, the red carpet outside Cannes' Palais des Festivals et des Congres played host to the stellar cast of Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, a romantic comedy starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard and a first-time actress called Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. The French first lady, however, was not present.

12 May 2011 - 12:00am

Maggie Cheung eyed for role

Acclaimed mainland director Jia Zhangke hopes to cast award-winning actress Maggie Cheung Man-yuk in his upcoming production Shuang Xiong Hui (The Meeting of Two Heroes).

'The movie is set in 1949 in Hong Kong, and I think there is no other actress who can better represent the city,' Jia said. 'I hope she will be moved by my script.'

1 May 2010 - 12:00am

Song Fang

Clad in a blue blouse and jeans, Song Fang shares the youthful demeanour of the novice filmmakers who participated at the Cinefondation, the Cannes Film Festival's sidebar competition for student short films. Unlike her peers, however, Song is no stranger to Cannes: she was here as Juliette Binoche's co-star in Hou Hsiao-hsien's The Flight of the Red Balloon (2007).

31 May 2009 - 12:00am

Film studies: Voice of the people

Never mind Lou Ye and his much discussed Spring Fever. Making its bow at Cannes only last Thursday, Zhao Liang's Petition - the Court of the Complainants is the festival entry that will give many Beijing officials sleepless nights.

28 May 2009 - 12:00am


Go to the Young Post website, choose 'Listening' from the menu and find the sound clips for this week's exercise. Each relates to a question below

Question 1

World News

Listen to these short items of world news from an online radio station.

14 Nov 2008 - 12:00am