Cannes jury chairman Spike Lee said he was “wrong, plain and simple” after accidentally revealing the Palme d’Or winner. Titans, early during the awards ceremony tonight.
“I am a huge sports fan. I’m like the guy at the end of the game who misses a free throw or a kick. No apologies. The people of Titans He said ‘forget it Spike’, that means a lot to me, “commented the president of the jury in the press conference after the event.
Near the beginning of the ceremony this eve, Lee was confused by a question from the presenter, French actress Toria Dillier, and prematurely named winner of the Palme – see the clip in our article here.
Juror Maggie Gyllenhall added that the mistake “was like an injection of humanity in the middle of the ceremony,” to which Lee responded that he expected to see her face on the cover of the New York Post tomorrow after the mistake.
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This year’s palm went to a film directed by a woman: Titans director Julia Ducournau, for the first time since Jane Campion won 28 years ago (and even then that award was shared with a male director, Chen Kaige).
The importance of the victory is clear, particularly for a festival that has struggled with representation issues in the past. Cannes also made history this year by having its first black jury chairman.
“If you look at the jury, there is a great representation of women, I think that says that right there,” Lee said. Also on the jury were Jessica Hausner, Mati Diop, Tahir Rahim, Mylene Farmer, Melanie Laurent, Kleber Mendonca Filho and Song Kang-Ho.
Hausner added that they did not even mention that the film was directed by a woman during their deliberations, but were happy to award the award to a female filmmaker.
Also in the palm winner, Lee added, “Titans it is the first film in which a Cadillac makes a woman pregnant. That blew me away. That’s cool and crazy together. And those two things often coincide. “
The jury made it clear that it was not a unanimous decision, and several of the members noted that there had been significant differences of opinion before a consensus was finally reached. “Each person sees a movie in a different way,” said Hausner, who noted that disagreements had led to the Jury Prize and Grand Prize being split between two films.
During the press, Lee was confused by a question from an Israeli journalist about Nadav Lapid. Ahed’s knee, which tied for the jury award. After presumably mixing the film with TitansLee began to repeat that he admired the bravery of a movie where a woman has sex with a Cadillac, but when Mati Diop pointed out that the question was about the Israeli movie, he addressed Ahed’s knee: “It’s a very, very brave movie. It needs to be seen. There are several films at this festival that come from countries where if you say the wrong thing, they lock you up, or worse. We needed to applaud that courage. “
Finally, Lee spoke briefly about his experience as president of the Cannes jury: “It is exhausting, but we are here because we love cinema. It is a great honor to be on the jury this year, especially after Covid-19. This is historical, as well as fucking it, this is historical. “