The director of Blue Is the Warmest Color, winner of the 2013 Cannes film festival, is auctioning off his Palme d'Or to pay for his next film. Abdellatif Kechiche is taking the drastic move after production on his upcoming drama, Mektoub, My Love, was halted due to financial difficulties.
The new, two-part feature, starring up-and-coming French actors Lou Luttiau, Shain Boumediene and Ophelie Bau, was in postproduction when the film's financing bank abruptly blocked its line of credit, leaving the project “in limbo,” Kechiche said in a statement
“In order to raise the necessary funds for the completion of post-production without further delays, the French production and distribution company Quat'Sous is auctioning film memorabilia related to Kechiche's work,” the statement continues. “Items to be offered range from the Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival 2013) to the oil paintings that played a central role in Blue Is the Warmest Color.”
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