Ahead of its domestic release at the end of next month, Sundance Selects has just released a U.S. trailer for Abdellatif Kechiche’s controversial Palme d’Or winner “Blue is the Warmest Color.” The three-hour French drama, which captures the blossoming and eventual decline of a young lesbian couple’s love affair, has been the subject of much discussion for everything from its graphic sexual content to the director’s exhausting working methods to its ineligibility for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. It’s been a long and rocky road for the film since it garnered the top prize, by an apparently unanimous jury headed by Steven Spielberg, at Cannes back in May.
Although the trailer itself has been deemed appropriate for all audiences by the MPAA, the fact that the film is NC-17 is showcased both the beginning and the end of the two-and-a-half minute preview. To sidestep the rating’s sensationalistic taboo for unaware audiences, the trailer employs a laid-back Beach House track and emphasizes the ecstatic praise the film has received, even utilizing a quote from Spielberg himself, who deems the film “magnificent.” Hey, if it’s possible for someone to make a three-hour subtitled film about lesbians more palatable to mainstream America, Steven Spielberg seems as good of a candidate as anyone else.
The film, which stars Adele Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux, hits theaters stateside on October 25.