‘Titane’ wins top Cannes honor, 2nd ever for female director

Julia Ducournau’s “Titane,” a wild body-horror thriller featuring sex with a vehicle and a amazingly tender coronary heart, received the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Pageant, producing Ducournau just the second feminine filmmaker to gain the festival’s major honor in its 74 12 months history.

The acquire on Saturday was mistakenly introduced by jury president Spike Lee at the leading of the closing ceremony, broadcast in France on Canal+, unleashing a several moments of confusion. Ducournau, a French filmmaker, didn’t occur to the stage to settle for the award until finally the official announcement at the conclusion of the ceremony. But the early trace failed to diminish from her psychological response.

“I’m sorry, I preserve shaking my head,” mentioned Ducournau, catching her breath. “Is this genuine? I you should not know why I’m talking English appropriate now due to the fact I am French. This evening has been so excellent mainly because it was not fantastic.”


Soon after several bogus starts, Lee implored Sharon Stone to make the Palme d’Or announcement, outlining: “She’s not likely to mess it up.” The complications began earlier when Lee was requested to say which prize would be awarded very first. As an alternative, he introduced the evening’s closing prize, as fellow juror Mati Diop plunged her head into her arms and some others rushed to cease him.

Lee, himself, used many moments with his head in his palms just before apologizing profusely for having a large amount of the suspense out of the evening.

“I have no excuses,” Lee told reporters afterward. “I messed up. I’m a massive sports admirer. It is like the man at the conclusion of the recreation who misses the free of charge toss.”

“I messed up,” he additional. “As straightforward as that.”

Ducournau’s gain was a prolonged-awaited triumph. The only former woman filmmaker to earn Cannes’ major honor — amongst the most prestigious awards in cinema — was Jane Campion for “The Piano” in 1993. In the latest decades, irritation at Cannes’ gender parity has developed, like in 2018, when 82 females — which include Agnes Varda, Cate Blanchett and Salma Hayek — protested gender inequality on the Cannes purple carpet. Their quantity signified the motion pictures by woman directors picked to compete for the Palme d’Or — 82 in contrast to 1,645 movies directed by adult males. This calendar year, four out of 24 films up for the Palme had been directed by women.


In 2019, a further genre movie — Bong Joon-Ho’s “Parasite” — took the Palme ahead of heading on to gain very best photo at the Academy Awards, much too. That choice was claimed to be unanimous by the jury led by Alejandro González Iñárritu, but the award for “Titane” — an particularly violent film — this year’s jury explained came out of a democratic process of dialogue and discussion. Juror Maggie Gyllenhaal stated they failed to concur unanimously on anything.

“The planet is passion,” explained Lee. “Everyone was passionate about a specific film they needed and we worked it out.”

In “Titane,” which like “Parasite” will be dispersed in the U.S. by Neon, Agathe Rousselle performs a serial killer who flees dwelling. As a baby, a car accident leaves her with a titanium plate in her head and a weird bond with cars. In maybe the most-talked-about scene at the festival, she’s impregnated by a Cadillac. Lee called it a singular practical experience.


“This is the initial film ever where a Cadillac impregnates a woman,” stated Lee, who reported he required to question Ducournau what calendar year the car or truck was. “That’s genius and craziness together. People two things typically match up.”

On stage, Ducournau thanked the jury “for permitting the monsters in.” Afterward, she acknowledged to reporters her place in record, but also stated she “can’t be boiled down to just currently being a lady.”

“Quite frankly, I hope that the prize I been given has almost nothing to do with remaining a woman,” explained Ducournau. “As I’m the next lady to receive this prize, I thought a ton about Jane Campion and how she felt when she gained.”

More ladies will appear soon after her, Ducournau reported. “There will be a 3rd, there will be a fourth, there will be a fifth.”

Cannes’ closing ceremony capped 12 times of red-carpet premieres, standard COVID-19 tests for lots of attendees and the to start with important movie competition to be held considering that the pandemic began in nearly its normal variety. With scaled-down crowds and mandated mask-sporting in theaters, Cannes pushed ahead with an bold slate of global cinema. Final year’s festival was wholly canceled by the pandemic.


The slate, assembled as a way to assist stir flicks soon after a yr exactly where videos shrank to lesser screens and purple carpets grew cobwebs, was broadly regarded as to be solid, and featured several foremost international filmmakers. The awards have been distribute out extensively.

The grand prize was split involving Asghar Farhadi’s Iranian drama “A Hero” and Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen’s “Compartment No. 6.”

Ideal director was awarded to Leos Carax for “Annette,” the fantastical musical starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard that opened the competition. The award was recognized by the musical duo Sparks, Ron and Russell Mael, who wrote the script and new music for the film.

Jurors also split the jury prize. That was awarded to both of those Nadav Lapid’s “Ahed’s Knee,” an impassioned drama about artistic liberty in modern day Isreal and to Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasthakul’s “Memoria,” a meditative movie starring Tilda Swinton.


Caleb Landry Jones took residence the very best actor prize for his performance as an Australian mass killer in the truth-primarily based “Nitram” by Justin Kurzel. Renate Reinsve gained ideal actress for Joachim Trier’s “The Worst Person in the World.” Ideal screenplay went to Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s “Drive My Motor vehicle,” a Haruki Murakami adaptation he penned with Takamasa Oe.

The Croatian coming-of-age drama “Murina,” by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović, took the Digicam d’Or award, a non-jury prize, for best first function. Kusijanović was absent from the ceremony right after offering birth a day earlier.

Lee was the 1st Black jury president at Cannes. His fellow jury customers had been: Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Song Kang-ho, Tahar Rahim, Mati Diop, Jessica Hausner, Kleber Mendonça Filho and Mylène Farmer.

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