Julia Ducournau was awarded the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for the film “Titane”

The Grand Prix of the film festival was awarded to Juho Kuosmanen for the film “Compartment No. 6.”

French film director and screenwriter Julia Ducournau was awarded the main award of the Cannes Film Festival – the Palme d’Or. She received this award for the drama Titane (2021), announced by the American actress Sharon Stone on behalf of the festival jury.

The 37-year-old Ducournau became the second woman in the history of the festival to receive its highest award for her film. The director barely concealed her excitement at receiving the award. From the stage of the Festival Palace, she thanked the film crew who worked with her on the picture. “I am very grateful for this assessment,” said Ducournau addressing the jury of the competition.

The film begins with a car accident, the victim of which in childhood becomes the main character of the picture Alexia. She survives only thanks to a titanium plate, which is implanted in her head. Cannes critics found similarities between the character of the picture Ducournau and the heroine of “Basic instinct,” who, like Alexia, killed her partners.

The award ceremony was not without incident. At the very beginning, the head of the jury, Spike Lee, mistakenly named the winning picture, violating the entire script and the chronology of the ceremony. The list of winners was immediately taken away from him by the presenter, who left the words of the president of the jury without comment. There was confusion in the audience, but Spike Lee’s statement was not confirmed and the official announcement of the picture awarded the highest award followed only at the end of the ceremony that lasted more than an hour.

The Grand Prix of the Cannes Film Festival was awarded to the Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen for the film “Compartment  No. 6,” shot with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. The second Grand Prix of the Cannes Film Festival was awarded to the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi for the film “Hero.”

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Author: Oleg Ceban
Graduated from University of Oxford. Previously, he worked in various diferent news media. Currently, it is a columnist of the world news section in the Free News editors.
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