“Kaboom” wins first “Queer Palm” in Cannes

Supernatural teen comedy Kaboom has been named the winner of the first ever ‘Queer Palm’ at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

The Gregg Araki-directed film stars Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett, Juno Temple and Chris Zylka and features straight, gay, lesbian and bisexual sex scenes.

Akari issued a statement which read: “I was so deeply honoured and humbled when I learned Kaboom had been chosen to participate in this year’s Main Selection.

“Like the protagonist of my movie, I was a Film Studies major in college and I never even dreamed that one day a film of mine might show in the Palais where all the legendary auteurs I’ve admired and idolised over the years have screened their films. To win the festival’s first ‘Queer Palm’ award on top of all this is almost beyond belief!”

The Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau sponsored prize was awarded last night at the Cannes’ Zanzibar venue, reportedly the oldest gay bar in Europe.

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