the Palme d’Or awarded to Julia Ducournau for “Titane”


The Cannes Film Festival struck a big blow by crowning Julia Ducournau for a furiously contemporary work, “Titane”. The Frenchwoman becomes the second director in the history of the festival to receive the Palme d’Or.

Twenty-eight years later The Piano Lesson by Jane Campion, first award-winning director, the jury chaired by Spike Lee, the first African-American artist to hold this position, comes to reward the youngest of the competition, 37 years old. The New York filmmaker blundered, making the announcement straight away, when he was supposed to announce the award for male interpretation …

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Cannes sends a major signal of opening by rewarding the youngest of the competition, 37 years old, and one of the only four women in the competition. It rewards a transgressive and pioneering cinema, imbued with feminism.

The film, with a bluffing newcomer, Agathe Rousselle, and French actor Vincent Lindon, is furiously contemporary and mixes a woman / machine hybridization, love for cars and the quest for fatherhood. It was the most violent and trashy of the competition.

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Laureate Julia Ducournau warmly thanked the jury for “recognizing the greedy and visceral need we have for a more fluid and inclusive world”. “Thank you to the jury for calling for more diversity in our experiences in cinema and in our lives and thank you also to the jury for letting the monsters in,” added the 37-year-old French director and big fan of horror films, in tears on stage.

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24 films in official competition

The 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival closes this Saturday evening. Titanium thus succeeds Parasite of South Korean Bong Joon-ho, crowned in 2019, before the coronavirus.

This year, no favorite stood out clearly – 24 films were in official competition.

To deliberate, the jury chaired by the American filmmaker Spike Lee, the first African-American artist to hold this position, and including personalities as diverse as the Brazilian filmmaker Kleber Mendonça Filho or the singer Mylène Farmer, had retired to a Cannes villa. Within the jury, “everyone has a different opinion,” said Spike Lee in the early days of the festival. “I promised the people of the jury that I will not be a dictator, that I will be democratic … but up to a certain point, since if the jury is divided four against four, it is I who decides! We’re going to have fun! “. The Festival’s closing ceremony began at 7:30 p.m., and is therefore the epilogue of an edition that has kept its promise: to celebrate, despite the pandemic, the return to theaters and the reunion of world cinema.

What are the prices for female and male interpretation?

American Caleb Landry Jones won the Best Actor Award for his performance in Nitram, where he plays a borderline young man who is about to commit one of the worst killings in Australian history. “I’m too moved, thank you, shit,” he reacted, gasping in emotion. The 31-year-old actor has especially distinguished himself in independent American cinema.

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The Norwegian Renate Reinsve, for her part, won the prize for female interpretation for her performance in Julie (in 12 chapters) by Joachim Trier, in which she plays a young woman in search of herself. “This award goes to so many,” said the 33-year-old actress, revelation of the festival, in tears. “It was magnificent, a beautiful experience,” she added, paying tribute to a jury she “admires so much”.

The complete list:

– Palme d’or: Titanium by director Julie Ducournau (France)

– Grand Prize: A hero by director Asghar Farhadi (Iran) and Cabin No. 6 (Compartment NO.6) by director Juho Kuosmanen (Finland)

– Jury Prize: Ahed’s knee by director Nadav Lapid (Israel) and Memory by director Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand)

– Best Director Award: the director Leos Carax for Annette (France)

– Best Actor Award: American actor Caleb Landry Jones in Nitram

– Best Actress Award: Norwegian actress Renate Reinsve in Julie in 12 chapters

– Screenplay Award: Director Ryusuke Hamaguchi for Drive my car (Japan)

– Camera d’or: Murina by director Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic (Croatia)

– Palme d’or for short film: All the crows in the world by director Tang Yi (Hong Kong)

– Special mention of the short film: The sky for the month of August by director Jasmin Tenucci (Brazil)


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