Filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche says he now doesn’t want to release his Palme d’Or winner “Blue Is The Warmest Color” following the controversy over the remarks of the film’s stars.
Speaking with French magazine Telerama, he says (roughly translated via Google): “I think this film should not go out, it has been soiled too much. The Palme d’Or was a brief moment of happiness; then I felt humiliated, disgraced. I felt a rejection of me, I live it like a curse.”
Despite utterly glowing love from critics, those involved in the actual film’s production have been vocal about their issues with the film and the filmmaker. The two leading ladies, Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos, gave an interview the other month talking about the hardships of the shoot.
Kechiche lashed out against Seydoux a few weeks ago, telling Allocine: “How indecent to talk about pain when doing one of the best jobs in the world. The orderlies suffer, the unemployed suffer, construction workers could talk about suffering. How, when you are adored, when you go up on red carpet, when we receive awards, how we can speak of suffering?”
Kechiche also says he toyed with the idea of replacing Seydoux three weeks into the film shoot, but ultimately stuck with her.