Bui Is the Warmest Color

Albert Bui's latest endeavor warms us to a modern lez love-story

Remember Albert Bui's Judgmental Austin Map meme? Well, we found the sometimes-Austin artist's stamp on a cool (warm?) promo for the new film, Blue Is the Warmest Color, opening today in Austin.

Photo by Albert Bui

Mall Zombies, Fake Hippies, Lesbian Furniture, and Straight Hipster Professionals are just some of the new sassy, snarky names (some of which have stuck) for Austin neighborhoods found on Albert Bui's Judgmental Austin Map.

You know the map, the one that made a big stir in 2012 with nearly 2,100 Facebook shares and some lame-o imitators.

Well, thanks to the map that put Bui on our maps, we learned about the on-again off-again Austinite's Tumblr project for IFC Films: Blue Is the Warmest Color Movie, a site created to to share information about a new queer lady love-story that raked in awards and thumbs up on the festival circuit. Viewers at Cannes and Sundance loved it, and New York, Telluride, and Toronto Film Festivals are just coo coo for cocoa puffs about this lesbi-centric movie.

Blue is the Warmest Color is the story of a 15-year-old French girl who falls in love with Emma, an older, art student with blue hair (we here at The Gay Place are partial to blue-haired girls). Blue Is spans a decade from first kiss to heart-break. B. Ruby Rich of Film Quarterly calls it "Sexy, obsessive," and adds "Blue carries the female coming-of-age film into historic new territory."

The 95-second trailer is enough to make any queer girl (or anyone with a heart for that matter) swoon and maybe even tear up just a bit, but then, when doesn't Beach House make you tear-up?

Still reeling (groan) from this year's Polari, we have queer movies on the mind. And this Tumblr is a perfect apértif: Blue Is the Warmest Color begins its run at Violet Crown Cinema and Regal 8 today.

Bui, as it turns out, is currently living in Brooklyn and operating a guerrilla bakery.

Of course.

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