The 74th Cannes Movie Pageant – Closing ceremony and screening of the movie “OSS 117: Alerte Rouge en Afrique Noire” (OSS 117: From Africa with Love) out of competitors – Crimson Carpet Arrivals – Cannes, France, July 17, 2021. Director Julia Ducournau and forged members Vincent Lindon and Agathe Rousselle of the movie “Titane” pose. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier
July 17, 2021
By Michaela Cabrera and Hanna Rantala
CANNES, France (Reuters) -“Titane”, a wildly imaginative movie a few serial killer by French director Julia Ducournau, received the highest Palme d’Or prize on the Cannes Movie Pageant, jury head Spike Lee advised the ceremony earlier than the award was attributable to be revealed.
In a second of confusion when requested in French to disclose what one of many prizes was, the U.S. movie director learn off a card and prematurely introduced the perfect film winner.
It was not the primary blooper second at an awards ceremony: on the 2017 Oscars, musical “La La Land” was incorrectly introduced as finest film, as an alternative of “Moonlight”.
Ducournau, 37, turned solely the second girl to win the highest award at Cannes. Her violent movie, the place the heroine has intercourse with a automotive, cut up critics, with some praising its originality however others delay by its frantic and messy strategy.
Described as a “physique horror” film and primarily based round a personality with a titanium plate in her head, the movie impressed with its vitality.
“Ducournau’s stunning, darkish, twisted fantasy is a nightmarish but mischievously comedian barrage of intercourse, violence, lurid lighting and pounding music,” critics on the BBC broadcaster mentioned. “It’s additionally not possible to foretell the place it’s going to go subsequent.”
Ducournau had beforehand discovered vital success with “Uncooked” in 2016. The one earlier feminine winner of Cannes’ prime award was Jane Campion who shared the prize in 1993 for “The Piano”.
The world’s largest movie pageant returned to the French Riviera after a 2020 hiatus as a result of coronavirus pandemic in some of the unpredictable contests in years.
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The occasion drew stars comparable to Matt Damon and Sharon Stone to the crimson carpet, with moviemakers and actors delighted to be again although attendance was down on earlier years.
As soon as the awards have been formally introduced, different massive winners included Leos Carax, picked as finest director for “Annette”, a musical about two artists caught in a twisted love affair.
Hamaguchi Ryusuke and Takamusa Oe of Japan received finest screenplay for his or her story of heartbreak and loss “Drive My Automotive”.
Renate Reinsve received finest actress for her function in “The Worst Individual In The World” by Joachim Trier, a modern-day romantic comedy that was a giant hit with critics.
“Compartment no6” by Juho Kuosmanen, a few girl who embarks on a practice journey throughout Russia, tied with “A Hero” by Iran’s Asghar Farhadi, which includes a prisoner confronted with an ethical quandary, for the Grand Prix distinction.
Caleb Landry Jones, who starred in Australian movie “Nitram”, received finest actor.
The Jury Prize, one other runner-up award for finest film, went to 2 movies: “Forward’s Knee” by Israel’s Nadav Lapid and “Memoria” by Thailand’s Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
(Reporting by Sarah White and Sybille de La Hamaide; Modifying by Louise Heavens and Andrew Cawthorne)