D.he Palme d’Or in Cannes this year goes to the French film “Titane”. On Saturday evening, the jury selected the fantasy drama by the Frenchwoman Julia Ducournau as the best film of this year’s competition. For the second time in the history of the film festival, the Palme d’Or went to a woman – in 1993, Jane Campion from New Zealand received the award for “The Piano”.
Jury President Spike Lee caused some surprise when he announced the winner of the Golden Palm right at the beginning of the gala. He was supposed to be the first to announce the award for the best male performer. This goes to the US actor Caleb Landry Jones for his role as a young man with borderline syndrome in the Australian film “Nitram” about the worst massacre in Australian history.
The Norwegian Renate Reinsve was honored as best female actress for her role in “The Worst Person in the World” by Norwegian director Joachim Trier. The two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster from the USA was honored with the Golden Palm of Honor at the beginning of the festival.
This year there were 24 films in competition on the Côte d’Azur, four of which were directed by women. The festival took place under Corona conditions after it had to be canceled last year. Most recently, in 2019, the South Korean director Bong Joon Ho received the Palme d’Or for his film “Parasite”.
Best movie: “Titane” by Julia Ducournau
Grand Jury Prize (shared): “Ghahreman” (A Hero) by Asghar Farhadi and “Hytti No. 6” (compartment No. 6) by Juho Kuosmanen
Jury Prize (divided): “Aheds Knie” by Nadav Lapid and “Memoria” by Apichatpong Weerasethekul.
Director: Leos Carax, “Annette”
Script: Ryusuke Hamaguchi, “Drive My Car”
Actress: Renate Reinsve (“The Worst Person in the World”)
Actor: Caleb Landry Jones (“Nitram”)