Cannes Film Festival: Julia Ducournau wins the Palme d’Or for “Titane”

There is total suspense over the identity of the filmmaker who will succeed South Korean Bong Joon-ho, crowned in 2019 for “Parasite”.

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DLast climb of the steps before the Palme d’Or: artists and stars who came to celebrate the reunion of world cinema have made a last tour of the track on the Croisette before the long-awaited unveiling of the jury’s winners, chaired by Spike Lee. The suspense was total on the identity of the filmmaker who would succeed the South Korean Bong Joon-ho, crowned in 2019 for “Parasite”, no favorite having come off.

The French Julia Ducournau became the second woman to win the Palme d’Or in Cannes, announced the president of the jury Spike Lee at the start of the awards ceremony, catching the organizers by surprise.

Spike Lee made the announcement up front, when he was supposed to announce the male performance award. Julia Ducournau, awarded for “Titane” becomes the second crowned director in the history of the festival 28 years after Jane Campion for “The Piano Lesson”.

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.

Co-produced by the Belgian company Frakas Productions and supported by the FWB, the feature film is distributed in Belgium by O’Brother Distribution.

The winner, 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.

Marco Bellochio, great Italian filmmaker, received the Palme d’Or of honor. The award for Best Actor was awarded to Australian Caleb Landry Jones for “Nitram”, where he plays a borderline young man who is about to commit one of the worst killings in Australian history. Norwegian Renate Reinsve received the Best Actress Award for “Julie (in 12 chapters)” by Joachim Trier, in which she plays a young woman in search of herself.

For the jury prize, two films were tied: “Le genou d Alep” by Franco-Israeli Nadav Lapid and “Memoria” by Thai Apichatpong Weerasethakul. The screenplay prize goes to the Japanese Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe for the film “Drive my car”.

The Best Director Award goes to French director Leos Carax for Annette. This is his first prize at Cannes.

The Grand Prize is awarded to two films: “A hero” by Asghar Farhadi and “Compartment n ° 6” by Juho Kuosmanen.

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Cannes Film Festival: Julia Ducournau wins the Palme d’Or for “Titane”

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