Since its premiere at Cannes back in May, Abdellatif Kechiche latest film Blue is the Warmest Color, has been garnering both praise and dramatic headlines. The emotionally-charged three-hour drama that explores the lesbian relationship between two young women won him and his leading actresses—Lea Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos—the Palme d’Or at the festival and will finally be coming to theaters in the states in October. We’ve seen clips and photos from film and an international trailer, but now there’s a new poster for the film—which seems to highlight one of the lighter moments in the stirring feature.
He warned us that we had to trust him—blind trust—and give a lot of ourselves. He was making a movie about passion, so he wanted to have sex scenes, but without choreography—more like special sex scenes. He told us he didn’t want to hide the character’s sexuality because it’s an important part of every relationship. So he asked me if I was ready to make it, and I said, “Yeah, of course!” because I’m young and pretty new to cinema. But once we were on the shoot, I realized that he really wanted us to give him everything. Most people don’t even dare to ask the things that he did, and they’re more respectful—you get reassured during sex scenes, and they’re choreographed, which desexualizes the act.