May 27 - French lesbian love story La Vie d'Adele scoops best picture honour at Cannes. Paul Chapman reports.
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French director Abdellafif Kechiche's lesbian love story La Vie d'Adele scoops the top honour at the Cannes festival.
The director and its two stars picked up the Palme D'or for best picture at the end of the 12-day event.
In an unusual move the award was shared between Kechiche and his two lead actresses Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux as they were central to the film's success.
(SOUNDBITE)(French) DIRECTOR ABDELLATIF KECHICHE SAYING:
"Thank you, thank you very much."
La Vie d'Adele is an emotional tale of love and sexuality centred on 15-year-old Adele and her lover Emma.
It follows the course of their tumultuous relationship, including some explicit sex scenes that critics feared may put off the jury.
It's the first French film to win the top prize in Cannes since 2008.
(SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH ACTRESS LEA SEYDOUX SAYING:
"You know, we've worked so hard on this film, we gave it all so much, it is a bit odd to say that but it's true, so it's obviously a great reward."
The best actor award went to Bruce Dern for Nebraska.
Berenice Bejo won best actress for Le Passe.
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