An all-female jury led by “Appropriate Behaviour” director Desiree Akhavan has expectedly given Todd Haynes’ “Carol” the 6th annual Queer Palm award.
“It is more than just a simple film — it is a historic moment — the first time a story of love between two women has been treated with the respect and importance that we accord to all other cinematic romances,” said Akhavan.
The was also a special mention for “The Lobster,” which Akhavan said “reflected the lack of overtly gay representation among this year’s official selection in Cannes.”
“I had a lot of difficulty finding qualities in the selection of films this year. None seemed gay enough,” she said.
Previous winners have included Gregg Araki’s “Kaboom,” Xavier Dolan’s “Laurence Anyways,” Alain Guiraudie’s “Stranger By The Lake” and — last year — Matthew Warchus’s “Pride.” Though lesbians do feature in the latter, the award has been dominated by male-centric films in its first half decade. Even “Blue is the Warmest Color” lost to “Stranger” despite winning the Palme D’Or. The big question now is, will “Carol” be the first film to win both?