Sundance Selects has set an October 25th release date for Abdellatif Kechiche's Palme d'Or winning lesbian romance "Blue Is The Warmest Color," but it won't be met with hopes for a foreign language Oscar bid. The film is being released in France in October, placing it outside the rules of the Academy, which state that foreign films need to screen in their home country before September 30th.
The film stars Adéle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux as two teenage girls who fall hard for each other over the course of three hour, sexually explicit narrative that should surely result in an NC-17 rating (or knowing Sundance Selects, going unrated). In addition to the Palme d'Or, the two lead actresses were also given the Palme as a special prize.
The French distributors for the film turned down suggestions to release it earlier, and the Academy won't budge on their rules. But Sundance Selects could very well do just fine with the title anyway, considering its sure to be buzzed about sexual content and the likelihood of it coming off screenings in Telluride, Toronto and New York with even more glowing reviews. It will also be eligible for a slew of other awards, including critics prizes and the Golden Globes.