Saturday’s victory was mistakenly announced by jury chairman Spike Lee atop the closing ceremony, sparking moments of confusion. Ducournau, a French filmmaker, did not come on stage to accept the award until the official announcement at the end of the ceremony. But the first clue didn’t diminish his emotional response. “I’m sorry, I keep nodding,” Ducournau said, catching his breath. ” Is it real ? I don’t know why I’m speaking English at the moment because I’m French. This evening was so perfect because it was not perfect. “
After several false starts, Lee implored Sharon Stone to make the Palme d’Or announcement, explaining, “She’s not going to ruin everything. The problems started earlier when Lee was asked to say which prize would be awarded first. Instead, he announced the final prize for the evening, as fellow sworn colleague Mati Diop plunged his head in his hands and others rushed to stop him.
Lee, himself, spent several moments with his head in his hands before profusely apologizing for taking much of the suspense out of the evening.
“I have no excuse,” Lee told reporters afterwards. “I was wrong,” he added. “As simple as that. “
Lee was the first president of the black jury in Cannes. Her fellow jury members were: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Melanie Laurent, Song Kang-ho, Tahar Rahim, Mati Diop, Jessica Hausner, Kleber Mendonca Filho and Mylene Farmer.
Ducournau’s victory was a long-awaited triumph. The only former director to win Cannes’ highest honor – among cinema’s most prestigious awards – was Jane Campion for The plan in 1993.
In 2019, another genre film – that of Bong Joon-Ho Parasite – won the Palme before also winning the best film award at the Oscars. This choice would have been unanimous by the jury led by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, but the price of Titanium – an extremely violent film – this year’s jury said it was the product of a democratic process of conversation and debate. Gyllenhaal said they didn’t agree unanimously on anything.
In Titanium, who likes Parasite will be distributed in the United States by Neon, Agathe Rousselle plays a serial killer who runs away from home. As a child, a car accident left her with a titanium plate in her head and a strange connection to automobiles. In perhaps the most talked about scene at the festival, it’s imbued with a Cadillac. Lee called it a singular experience.
The Cannes closing ceremony capped 12 days of red carpet premieres, regular COVID-19 testing for many attendees and the first major film festival to be held since the start of the pandemic in its almost usual form. With smaller crowds and mandatory masks in cinemas, Cannes has moved forward with an ambitious list of world cinema. Last year’s festival was completely canceled by the pandemic.
Slate, put together to help shake up movies after a year of movies shrinking to smaller screens and red carpets growing spider webs, was widely considered solid and featured many filmmakers. leading international companies. The rewards were widely distributed.
The grand prize was shared between Asghar Farhadi’s Iranian drama A hero and Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen Compartment n ° 6.
The award for best director was awarded to Leos Carax for Annette, the fantastic musical starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard that opened the festival.
The jurors also shared the jury’s prize. This prize was awarded to both Nadav Lapid Ahed’s knee, a passionate drama about creative freedom in modern Israel; and Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasthakul Memory, a meditative film with Tilda Swinton.
Caleb Landry Jones won the Best Actor award for his performance as an Australian mass killer in the factual series Nitrame by Justin Kurzel. Renate Reinsve won the Best Actress award for Joachim Trier The worst person in the world. The best screenplay went to Ryusuke Hamaguchi Drive my car, an adaptation of Haruki Murakami written with Takamasa Oe.