painting“La Vie d’Adèle” revealed the 2013 Palme d’Or, Adèle Exarchopoulos on the bill for two films presented at Cannes, “The Five Devils” by Léa Mysius, and “Smoking Makes You Cough” by Quentin Dubiot. Nearly ten years after making a splash in front of Abdellatif Kechiche’s camera, the 28-year-old actress, always eager for new challenges, shows the full extent of her game.
Nothing is cuter than a beach in Cannes during a festival. The sand is covered with barnums adorned with the sponsor’s crests. Lounge music constantly covers the noise of conversations and interviews. But this Thursday, May 23, 2013, under one of these tents, dozens of journalists and photographers crowded, hiding the bad taste of the decor. Their cries drown out the sound from the speakers.
All eyes are on the director and his two actresses: Abdellatif Kechiche, Léa Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos. The night before, after the press screening of their movie, Adele’s life: chapters 1 and 2, The conversations were heated. No one seems to come out unscathed from this story within three hours of a romantic affair between two young women.
Fans and critics alike ignite this fresco with passion, from shy confrontation to tragic meltdown, passing through the harshest sex and malicious weeping. All the comments on the faces captured in a close-up of the two actresses: Léa Seydoux, 27, who has already photographed with Christophe Honoré, Benoit Jacot, Woody Allen and Quentin Tarantino, and 19-year-old Adele Exarchopoulos are unknown.
The film rocked the sixty-sixth session of the Cannes Film Festival. All newsrooms want to publish photos of the veteran and novice actresses. Under the tent, while they were trying to negotiate a few minutes of a face-to-face interview or an extra five minutes to take a picture, the journalists exchange noises and rumours.
Adèle Exarchopoulos shouldn’t have played such an important role, but Kechiche would have been so amazed by her acting that he would have put her in every shot. He was going to baptize the character with his real first name so much that he wanted to stick to his reality. Shooting would have been a long one, five months, with high tensions between the director and his actresses. It is rumored that Steven Spielberg, chair of the jury, was leaving the show upset…
Three days later, during the closing ceremony, the American director was awarded the Palme d’Or Adele’s life. And for the first time in the history of the festival, the award is given not only to the director, but also to his two actresses, Steven Spielberg who requested an exemption from the official authorities.
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“Spielberg? He is very cute.” Adèle Exarchopoulos comments today with sincerity and disarmament, as if the compliments of one of the world’s greatest directors are worthy of those offered by anyone. “Anyway, it was all crazy.” Nice understatement. The curious young woman found herself in the middle of a media hurricane. Hassan Jarrar, press officer for all Kechiche films, reviews “The kid who arrived in this whole story and whose life changed.”
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