CANNES, France – The 2021 edition of the Cannes Film Festival awarded the French film “Titane” its grand prize, the prestigious Palme d’Or.
A wild serial killer story featuring some of the festival’s most controversial scenes, “Titane” was directed by Julia Ducournau, who was only the second woman to win the Palm after Jane Campion won the 1993 award for “The Piano”. ”
And although “Titane” was hotly touted as the main contender for the palm, that reveal came much earlier than intended: At the beginning of the graduation ceremony, when Jury President Spike Lee was asked to take the first prize of the night, he misunderstood and read that instead first prize winner.
“Do not do it!” shouted actress-director Mélanie Laurent, a jury member who sits next to Lee. But the cat was already out of the bag.
(At a post-ceremony press conference, Lee said he had no excuses and that “I screwed it up,” added, “I’m a huge sports fan. It’s like the guy at the end of the game on the foul line. Him misses the free throw or a guy misses a kick. “He also said he apologized to the Cannes organizers.” They said forget it. “
The accidental disclosure of “Titane” was only the first of several chaotic moments at the ceremony, as the spoiled palm unveiling was followed by a Best Actor Award for Caleb Landry Jones for the Australian tragedy “Nitram”. When a nervous looking Jones took the stage, he seemed to have a bad stomach, said, “I can’t do this,” and hurriedly backed off.
When, at the end of the ceremony, a tearful Ducournau was brought out to finally accept her palm, chaos had embraced her. “This evening was perfect,” she said, “because it’s not perfect that way.”
Other big winners were Leos Carax, who received the award for the best director for his eccentric musical “Annette”, the winner of the best leading actress Renate Reinsve for the Norwegian romantic dramedy “The Worst Person in the World” and a pair of ties: The Second -Place was split between “A Hero” by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi and the Finnish drama “Compartment No. 6”, while third prize went to the Nadav Lapid films “Ahed’s Knee” and “Memoria”. with Tilda Swinton.
At the last Cannes Film Festival in 2019, the palm tree winner was “Parasite”, the first big prize that Bong Joon Ho’s film took on its way to the Best Picture Oscar. Although “Titane” is far too bloody to be a major Oscar contender, her Palme win makes Ducournau only two feature films in her career as a major international director.
Correction: July 17, 2021
In an earlier version of this article, the name of the winner of the Best Director Award was misspelled. He’s Leos Carax, not Leox Carax.