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Julia Ducournau’s wild-bodied horror film Titane wins first prize at Cannes

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Julia Ducournau won the prestigious Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, a remarkable achievement considering it is only his second feature film. As in his debut, Raw, his latest film is classified as a “body horror” film in which a victim of a car accident has a sexual relationship with a car. Ducournau, born in Paris, is the second director to win the festival’s top prize, after Jane campion in 1993 for The piano. Actors Adèle Exarchopoulos other Lea Seydoux They were also awarded La Palme with their director Abdellatif Kechiche For the movie Blue is the warmest color in 2013 (Cannes is allowed to create rules on the fly, which is why Cannes is the best).

Audiences who came to the Louis Lumière Grand Auditorium to applaud the winners of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival also defied protocols to stop the spread of the coronavirus during the crowded 12-day event. (You can hardly imagine Brigitte Bardot or Marcello Mastroianni spit in a cup before a premiere). The festival, which is usually held in May, was completely canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, the first such cancellation since World War II.

President of the jury Spike lee fool during the ceremony and announced the big winner first. When asked to read the “first prize” champion, he misinterpreted his signal.

Previously, Lee joked that he intended to be a benevolent leader during the evaluation process. “I promised the guys on the jury that I will not be a dictator, that I will be democratic … but only up to a point!” he said. The director and actor whose 2018 film, BlacKkKlansman he won the Grand Prize (essentially the second place award) reminded the audience that “if the jury is divided four to four, I am the one to decide.”

His fellow jurors included director Mati diop, singer-songwriter Mylène Farmer, Maggie gyllenhaal, scriptwriter-director Jessica hauser, Mélanie Laurent, director Mendonça Filho Glue, actor Tahar rahim, Y Song kang-ho, star of the winner of the Palme d’Or 2019 Parasite.

The daring Titans it was chosen from 24 films in competition (representing less than a quarter of the films that debuted at Cannes this year). He triumphed over a class of great artists from world cinema, including previous Palme winners such as Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Jacques audiard, Y Nanni morettiand returning contenders Paul verhoeven, Wes anderson, Leos carax, Sean Baker, Y Mia Hansen-Løve.

Titans marks the first time a horror film has won the award, though an argument could be made in favor of Shōhei Imamura’s 1983 film The ballad of Narayama.

The Grand Prix, apparently second place, was a tie (not unknown) awarded to Iran Asghar farhadi for A hero and from Finland Juho Kuosmanen for Compartment No. Six. The jury award, the sort of bronze medal, was also a draw between the Israelis Nadav Lapid for Ahed’s knee and Weerasethakul from Thailand for the Tilda swinton-He directed Memory.

Best director went to Leos Carax for the musical Annette, written by Ron other Russell mael of the band Sparks and starring Adam Driver other Marion cotillard.

The best actress was awarded to the Norwegian actress Renate reinsve for his work in Joachim trierdark romantic comedy The worst person in the world. Best actor went to Caleb Landry Jones for Justin kurzelAustralian thriller Nitram, making him the first X-Man to be so honored. Jones that apparently so nervous upon receiving the award he muttered, “I can’t do this,” and left the stage. (After the year we’ve had, this feels relatable.)

Finally, the award for best screenplay went to Japan. Ryusuke Hamaguchi other Takamasa Oe for Hamaguchi’s Drive my car, based on a 2014 Haruki Murakami story.

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