The Palme d’Or at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival goes to ‘Titane’. Italy remains empty-handed. The most coveted award went, as mentioned, to Julia Ducournau’s film, with a gaffe by the president of the jury, Spike Lee, who announced it by mistake at the beginning of the ceremony, when it was announced last.
Nothing to do for ‘Three floors’ by Nanni Moretti, and the absence of the director and the cast from the red carpet of the closing ceremony of the review had already made it clear that the film would not receive awards. On the other hand, there was the Palm of Honor to Marco Bellocchio, to which his colleague Paolo Sorrentino gave it, paying homage to the master.
A standing ovation from the public accompanied the awarding of the prize to Bellocchio, who was visibly moved. “Each of his films is an emotion”, said Sorrentino, underlining that Bellocchio “has always been an authority throughout his career”.
The only recognition to Italy is the Europa Cinemas Cannes Label of the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs section for Jonas Carpignano for the film ‘A Chiara’.
Best Actor went to Caleb Landry Jones for Justin Kurzel’s ‘Nitram’, while Best Actress went to Norwegian Renate Reinsve for Joachim Trier’s ‘The Worst Person in the World’. The Jury Prize was awarded ex aequo to ‘Haberech’ by Nadav Lapid and ‘Memoria’ by Apitchapong Weerasethakul, while the award for Best Director went to Leos Carax for ‘Annette’. Best Screenplay to Hamaguchi Ryusuke and Takamasa Oe for ‘Drive my car’, a film that also won the Fipresci International Critics’ Award.
The Grand Prix was also awarded ‘ex aequo’ to Asghar Farhadi for ‘Ghahraman’ and Juho Kuosmanen for ‘Hytti n ° 6 Compartment N ° 6 / Compartmento N ° 6)’. The Camera d’Oro for best first feature was awarded to ‘Murina’ by Antoneta Alamat while the Palma for best short was awarded to ‘Tia Xia Wu Ya (Tous les Corbeaux du Monde / All the Crows in the World) ‘by Tang Yi.