Filmmaking isn’t all about the glam and glory even when you hit all the right marks and win the most prestigious awards. A testament to this is Blue is the Warmest Color director Abdellatif Kechiche, who is auctioning off his coveted Palme d’Or that he previously won back in 2013 at Cannes for the French film, as means to fund his newest movie titled Mektoub My Love. It’s worth mentioning that the award is actually shared between him, and his two leads for Blue, Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos, making us wonder if the two female stars were made aware of Kechiche’s decision.
Post production for Mektoub My Love halted after their finances were unexpectedly blocked, causing an unwanted delay. Now, the distribution company, Quat’Sous is auctioning memorabilia from Kechiche’s films which also include the oil paintings seen in Blue is the Warmest Color.
The public disdain Kechiche has expressed for his award-winning lesbian drama, going so far as to state that he wished the daring, erotic drama had never been released, may explain why the director is so willingly ready to make what most filmmakers and fanatics alike would consider a drastic move.
Coincidentally, the premise of Mektoub My Love revolves around a screenwriter named Amin who finds himself caught in a love triangle where one of the women involved offers to finance his first film. The situation being comically similar to Kehiche’s current situation.–PB&Jam