Golden Palm: Director Julia Ducournau triumphs with “Titane”

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Director Julia Ducournau triumphs with “Titane”

Julia Ducournau with her Golden Palm after the triumph in Cannes.

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Spike Lee announced the victory far too early, but that didn’t detract from Julia Ducournau’s joy: “Titane” won the Palme d’Or.

The French horror film “Titane” won the golden palm. The film by director Julia Ducournau (37) won the Best Film award at the Cannes Film Festival. It is only the second time since 1993 that a woman has been awarded the highest prize in Cannes. At that time, Jane Campion (67) won for “Das Piano”. Last year, due to the corona pandemic, no golden palm was awarded, in 2019 the South Korean film “Parasite” won.

However, there was confusion on the evening before the planned announcement of the winner. Jury President Spike Lee (64) already mentioned the winner of this year’s Golden Palm at the beginning of the gala. Normally, however, he should have announced the winner in the Best Male Actor category first. This award went to Caleb Landry Jones (31) for his performance in the Australian film “Nitram”. Its counterpart as best female actress this year was the Norwegian Renate Reinsve (33) due to her role in the Joachim Trier film “The Worst Person in the World”.

The second most important award for a film, the Grand Jury Prize, went to two productions this year. On the one hand the Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen (42) won the award for his road movie “Hytti No 6”, on the other hand the Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi (49) was pleased with his Iranian social criticism “A Hero”. The award for best director went to the Frenchman Leos Carax (60) for his musical “Annette”, the Japanese Ryusuke Hamaguchi contributed the best script for “Drive My Car”.

Jodie Foster received the Golden Palm of Honor

The German film industry can – at least in part – feel like a winner. The jury’s prize was also awarded twice: on the one hand to the Israeli film “Ha’berech”, but also to the German co-production “Memoria” with Tilda Swinton (60) in the lead role. The jury had a total of 24 films to choose from. The Golden Palm of Honor went to US actress Jodie Foster (58) at the beginning of the festival.