Cannes Film Festival 2021: the Palme d’Or for “Titane” by the French Julia Ducournau, find the full list of winners


Curtain on the Cannes Film Festival 2021, with the supreme award given to the film Titanium, by French director and screenwriter Julia Ducournau. It won the Palme d’Or on Saturday July 17, during of the closing ceremony of 74th Cannes Film Festival. The film succeeds at Parasite by the South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho, who won the prize in 2019. Focus on the entire prize list.

The Palme d’Or at Titanium by Julia Ducournau

Julia Ducournau is the first crowned single director for a film, Jane Campion having received the same prize ex-æquo in 1993 for The piano lesson. The director was very moved when she received her Palme d’Or, from the hands of American actress Sharon Stone: “I know my film is not perfect. Mine is even said to be monstrous. For me, perfection is a dead end. But thank you to the jury for recognizing our visceral need for a more inclusive and fluid world. Please let the monsters in. “

Sharon Stone presents the Palme d'Or 2021 to Julia Ducournau for "Titanium".  (CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP)

Cannes sends a major opening signal by rewarding the youngest
of the competition, 37, and one of only four women competing. He
rewards a transgressive and pioneering cinema, imbued with feminism.
It was clearly the most violent and trashy film of the competition. Totally unrealistic in its script, the film is not meant to be understood but to be felt. Radical, gory, it mixes devastating humor and emotion while tackling powerful themes.

Our review of Titanium

The Grand Prix at A hero by Asghar Farhadi and Compartment n ° 6 by Juho Kuosmanen

This is undoubtedly the biggest surprise of the prize list: the Grand Prix, second most prestigious prize in Cannes, was awarded to Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi for A hero and Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen for Hytti ndo 6 (Compartment n ° 6).

Asghar Farhadi is rewarded for the first time in Cannes. After The past (2013), The customer (2016), Everybody knows (2018), A hero was the fourth film he screened at Cannes. His cinema is always greeted with enthusiasm by the public and the critics, and this time is the good one. Le Film tells the story the story of redemption prevented in an Iranian society plagued by mistrust and manipulation. At 49, he said when receiving his award did not have “nothing else than to write movies” and turn them, “despite all the obstacles, difficulties, pressures, the obstacles that could have dissuaded me. I keep having hope, in raising questions, which I can contribute to improving things “.

He is therefore tied with the Finnish Juho Kuosmanen, who filmed in Compartment n ° 6, the meeting between a Finn and a Russian during a train trip between Moscow and Murmansk, north of the Arctic Circle.

The Jury Prize tied for Ahed’s Knee, by Nadav Lapid and Memoria by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

It is a new Cannes honor for Apichatpong Weerasethakul after his Palme d’Or in 2010 for Uncle bonnmee. His film Memoria caused a sensation this week in Cannes, receiving an ovation of more than 15 minutes during its first screening on Thursday.

“In this strange time, the cinema brought us closer together. I want to send a vibration of hope to those who live here and elsewhere: let’s help each other, let’s be at peace with each other”, director Apichatpong Weerasethakul said upon receiving his award. He has it dedicated to the film crew in Colombia, who could not make the trip.

The Thai shares his prize with Nadav Lapid and his film Ahed’s Knee, fire without concession on Israel. Golden Bear in Berlin in 2019 for Synonyms, and passed through Critics’ Week, the Israeli director receives his first Cannes award.

The Best Director’s Award for Leos Carax, with Annette

The Best Director Award goes to French director Leos Carax for Annette. This is his first prize at Cannes. The opening film of this 74th edition, a musical with Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard, was among the favorites for the charts. This crazy musical show about love, fame and downfall, which also sends a strong message about the exploitation of “child stars”, traces the story of a star couple in Los Angeles, in the usual flamboyant style by Leos Carax. At the age of 60, he won the third highest distinction in Cannes for this cinematographic fireworks display, co-written and set to music by the American group Sparks. “He is not only a great French director but a huge filmmaker”, said one of the two musicians Ron Mael, receiving the award in the absence of the director. “Unfortunately Leos Carax cannot be with us. He had a problem with his teeth. But we are delighted that he won this award and we are very touched to have been associated with a Leos Carax film”, he added.

The Best Actor Award for Caleb Landry Jones in Nitram

American Caleb Landry Jones won the Best Actor Award for his outstanding performance in Nitram, where he plays an unbalanced young man who is about to commit one of the worst killings in Australian history: the Port-Arthur massacre, which left 35 dead. “I’m too moved, thank you, thank you, thank you”, he reacted, overwhelmed by emotion. He was already moved to tears yesterday during the presentation of the film at the Grand Théâtre Lumière. The 31-year-old actor had then cracked under the huge ovation of the public.

The Best Actress Award for Renate Reinsve in Julie (in 12 chapters)

Norwegian Renate Reinsve won the Best Actress Award for her performance in Julie (in 12 chapters) by Joachim Trier, in which she plays a young woman in search of herself. “This award goes to so many people”, said in tears the actress of 33 years, revelation of this festival. “It was magnificent, a beautiful experience”, she added, paying tribute to a jury she “admire so much”.

The Screenplay Award for Ryusuke Hamaguchi for Drive my car

The Screenplay Prize goes to the Japanese Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe for the film Drive My Car, which caused a sensation during this 74th edition. Ryusuke Hamaguchi, who is also the director of the film, remains humble: “If the script seemed good to you, it’s because it was interpreted very well. I would like to thank my actors and the whole team”.

The Golden Camera for Murina by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic

Murina, the first film by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic’s Croatian, was part of the selection of the Director’s Fortnight, and received the Golden Camera award. This prestigious award is transversal to all sections of the Festival, and does not only come under the official selection. The director was not present during the ceremony: the day before, she gave birth to her child.

The Palme d’Or for short films for All the crows in the world by Tang Yi

Tian xia wu ya (All the crows in the world), by Yi Tang (Hong-Kong). Fourteen minutes on Shengnan, an 18-year-old high school student, who is pushed into the adult world after a nighttime adventure.

The Short Film Special Mention for The sky for the month of August by Jasmin Tenucci

Céu de Agosto (The sky for the month of August), by Jasmin Tenucci (Brazil), 15-minute short film about a pregnant nurse from Sao Paulo who finds herself in a neo-Pentecostal church, while the Amazon forest is on fire.

And also: Spike Lee’s dumpling

It was the big moment of confusion of this ceremony. Jury president Spike Lee mistakenly announced the result at the start of the awards ceremony, when he was supposed to announce the male performance award. Completely disoriented after this mistake, the 64-year-old American director and actor pronounced the name of the film Titanium, which a large part of the assembly heard. Julia Ducournau, did not want to believe it right away: It was really weird. I heard it. After that, there was a moment of terrible vagueness where I told myself that I was losing my mind, before the official announcement“, she declared to the press after the ceremony. President of a jury composed of by Mati Diop, Mylène Farmer, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jessica Hausner, Mélanie Laurent, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Tahar Rahim and Song Kang-ho, Spike Lee explained that it had been a long day to deliberate, after two weeks of watching the 24 films that were in competition this year.



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