The French director is the second woman to win the highest award in the 74-year history of the Cannes Film Festival.
An imaginative film about a serial killer having sex with a car, “Titan” won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Saturday’s victory made French director Julie Ducunau the second female film producer to win the highest honor in the festival’s 74-year history.
Her violent films have created disagreements among critics. Some praised its originality, but others delayed it because of its crazy and messy way. The film is described as a “physical horror” movie, based on a character with a titanium plate on his head, and its energy leaves a deep impression.
“Ducournau’s beautiful, dark, distorted fantasy is a nightmarish prank, full of sex, violence, horrible lights and shocking music,” said a commentator on the BBC Broadcasting Corporation.
“It is also impossible to predict where it will go next.”
The chairman of the jury, Spike Lee, falsely announced the victory of the Titans at the top of the closing ceremony, which caused a moment of confusion. It was not until the official announcement at the end of the award ceremony that Ducournau took the stage to accept the award.
But the early hints did not disappear from her emotional response.
“Sorry, I kept shaking my head,” Ducoernau said, holding his breath. “is this real?”
She thanked the jury for “letting the monsters in” and then confessed her place in history to reporters. But she also said that her victory “cannot be attributed to just a woman.”
Ducournau said that more women will follow her. “There will be a third, there will be a fourth, there will be a fifth.”
In 1993, Jane Campion won the Cannes Film Festival’s highest honor for “The Piano”-one of the most prestigious awards in the film industry, and the only female film producer before .
Dissatisfaction with gender equality at the Cannes Film Festival has increased in recent years, including in 2018, when 82 women-including Agnes Varda, Cate Blanchett and Salma Hayek ——Protest against gender inequality on the red carpet in Cannes. Their numbers represent the total number of films of female directors selected to compete for the Palme d’Or-82 films, compared with 1,645 films by male directors.
This year, 4 of Palme’s 24 films were directed by women.
The Cannes Film Festival is the largest film festival in the world. After being interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, it has returned to the French Riviera this year. The event attracted stars such as Matt Damon and Sharon Stone to the red carpet. Although the attendance has declined compared with previous years, the filmmakers and actors are very happy to be able to come back.
After the award was officially announced on Saturday, other big winners included Leos Carax, who was selected as the best director of “Annette,” a musical about two artists who fell into a twisted love.
The second prize of the Grand Prix was shared by Juho Kuosmanen’s “Compartment no6” (about a woman embarking on a train journey through Russia) and Iran’s Asghar Farhadi’s “A Hero” (telling a prisoner facing a moral dilemma).
Japan’s Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Takatake Oe won the best screenplay award for their heartbroken and lost story “Driving My Car”.
It was also an important night for the previously unknown Norwegian actress Renat Reinsvey, who became famous for her role in “The Worst Man in the World”. This movie by Joachim Trier is a modern romantic comedy, which is very popular among critics.
Caleb Landry Jones, who starred in the Australian film “Nitlam,” won the best actor award.
The Jury Award is another runner-up award for best film, awarded to two films: Israel’s Nadav Rapide’s “The Knee Ahead” and Thailand’s Apichatpong Weerashagu’s “Memory”.