CANNES FESTIVAL – “Titane,” machine-friendly gender-bending allegory, wins the Palme D’Or

Last Updated: July 20, 2021By Tags: , ,

Cinema is now synonymous with these two words: Julia Ducournau. She is the director of “Titane,” a film, all savagery and tenderness, that won the Palme D’Or last night at the Cannes Festival here in France. Why these two words? Because contemporary cinema takes risks and it’s prothean and it’s in step with the times and it pays tribute to its past and I can’t think of a better incarnation for it right now than her, so say her name, Julia Ducournau. At 37, the filmmaker who previously gave us “Raw, in which a veterinary school student develops a craving for human flesh, has a good number of years left in which to assert her clear-eyed but fierce esthetic allegories. And if she can top the scene in which a stool is used as a weapon to extinguish a man, then, I say, the future of cinema is especially bright and we should rejoice.

Here is the list of this year’s winners:

Palme d’or

TITANE directed by Julia DUCOURNAU

Grand Prix (ex aequo)

GHAHREMAN (A Hero) directed by Asghar FARHADI

HYTTI N°6 (Compartment N°6) directed by Juho KUOSMANEN

Best Director

Leos CARAX for ANNETTE

Best Screenplay

HAMAGUCHI Ryusuke & TAKAMASA Oe for DRIVE MY CAR

Jury Prize (ex aequo)

MEMORIA directed by Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL

HA’BERECH (Ahed’s Knee) directed by Nadav LAPID

Best Performance by an Actress

Renate REINSVE in VERDENS VERSTE MENNESKE (The Worst Person in the World)
directed by Joachim TRIER

Best Performance by an Actor

Caleb LANDRY JONES in NITRAM
directed by Justin KURZEL

SHORT FILMS

Palme d’or

TIAN XIA WU YA (All the Crows in the World) directed by TANG Yi

Special Mention

CÉU DE AGOSTO (August Sky) directed by Jasmin TENUCCI

CAMERA D’OR

MURINA directed by Antoneta ALAMAT KUSIJANOVIĆ unveiled in the frame of LA QUINZAINE DES RÉALISATEURS

HIGHER TECHNICAL COMMISSION(CST)

CST Award for Technical Artistry

Vladislav OPELIANTS (Russia), Chief Director of Photography, PETROV’S FLU by Kirill SEREBRENNIKOV

CST Young Film Technician Award

Armance DURIX, Head Sound Engineer, MI IUBITA, MON AMOUR by Noémie MERLANT

“Titane”

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