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Abdellatif Kechiche Will Not Be at Cannes With His ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’ Follow-Up — Here’s Why

Kechiche won the Palme d'Or in 2013 for his controversial sapphic romance.

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There goes our bracket. Abdellatif Kechiche was rumored to be returning to Cannes this year with “Mektoub Is Mektoub,” the director’s follow-up to his Palme d’Or–winning “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” but it now appears that he won’t make it after all. In an interview with Nice-Matin (conducted in French, so forgive us if anything is lost in translation), Kechiche attributes his absence on the Croisette next month to a contract issue with France Télévisions.

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“I had committed myself to a film,” is how Google helpfully translates Kechiche’s statement. “On arrival there are two. This is outside the normal framework, which posed a problem with the contracts, especially at France Télévisions.”

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An adaptation of Antoine Bégaudeau’s novel “La blessure, la vraie,” Kechiche’s latest project is said to follow a screenwriter named Amin whose personal and professional lives collide when he visits his Mediterranean hometown. It went into production last fall in in Sète, France.

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