Cannes 2021: “Titanium” by French Julia Ducournau wins the Palme d’Or

The Palme d’Or of the Cannes festival was awarded on Saturday to the French Julia Ducournau, for her feature film “Titanium”, announced the jury, during the closing ceremony of this 74th edition.

The film succeeds “Parasite” by South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho, which won the award in 2019.

Julia Ducournau thus becomes the second crowned director in the history of the festival 28 years after Jane Campion for “The Piano Lesson”.

The Grand Prix, the second most prestigious prize at Cannes, went to Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi for “A hero” and to Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen for “Hytti ndo 6” (Compartment n ° 6).

The Jury Prize was awarded ex-æquo to “Le Genou d’Ahed” by Nadav Lapid and “Memoria” by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, while the Director’s Prize was won by French director Leos Carax for “Annette”.

American Caleb Landry Jones won the Best Actor Award for her outstanding performance in “Nitram” while Norway’s Renate Reinsve received the Best Actress Award for her performance in “Julie in 12 chapters” by Joachim Trier.

The Screenplay Prize went to the Japanese Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe for the film “Drive My Car“, while “Murina”, the first film by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic from Croatia, received the Golden Camera prize.

In the short film category, the Palme d’Or went to “All the ravens in the world” by Tang Yi, while the short film “Céu de Agosto” (The sky for the month of August), by the Brazilian Jasmin Tenucci (Brazil) was rewarded with the special mention of the jury.

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In total, 24 films, including “Haut et Fort” by Moroccan Nabil Ayouch, were in the running for the Palme d’Or of the festival.

The films were chosen by a prestigious jury chaired by American producer, director and screenwriter Spike Lee.

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