Spielberg defends graphic lesbian sex

2013-05-27 08:45
Blue is the Warmest Colour Cannes

Cannes - US filmmaker Steven Spielberg defended the graphic sex scenes in Blue is the Warmest Colour, a French story of lesbian love and self-discovery, which won the Cannes Film Festival's top prize, the Palme d'Or on Sunday.

"For me, the film is a great love story and the fact that it's a great love story made all of us feel like we were privileged, not embarrassed, to be flies on the wall," Spielberg, who headed the jury, told reporters after the awards ceremony.

He was answering a question about whether Abdellatif Kechiche's film, which contains a torrid six-minute sex scene, would pass censors in the United States.

"We're just happy someone had the courage to tell the story the way he told it," Spielberg said, adding he was convinced the film would be a success in the US.

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