Cannes' first 'Queer Palm' to US director Gregg Araki
Saturday 22 May 2010
US director Gregg Araki on Saturday scooped the first Queer Palm ever handed out at the Cannes film festival.
Awarded to a film for "its contribution to lesbian, gay, bi or trans" issues, the jury looked at a dozen movies before handing it to Araki for his university campus tale about a bi-sexual student convinced he is the witness of a gruesome murder.
The Berlin film festival pioneered LGBT prizes, creating the Teddy Awards in 1987. It was followed by the Venice festival in 2007 which hands out a Queer Lion.
"I thought that the world's biggest film festival coulod no longer ignore this sector," the founder of the award, Franck Finance-Madureira, told AFP.
"The festival gave us its non-official blessing," he added. "We hope next to have a corner in the Cannes Market to attract producers and distributors."
The movie by Araki, 51, was selected by the festival to screen out of competition.
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