Julia Ducornau is second. woman to receive award
CANNES (EFE) .- “Titan”, by French Julia Ducornau, the most risky and controversial film of the 74th. The Cannes Festival edition received the Palme d’Or in a closing ceremony yesterday, which was as awkward as the entire competition, with jury president Spike Lee announcing the prize ahead of time.
Julia thus became the second woman after Jane Campion to win the Palme d’Or at Cannes, who achieved it in 1993 for “The Piano”. And he does it with a film despite being torn, violent, provocative and, whatever it may sound, sensitive.
Speaking to Efe, the festival’s general representative, Thierry Framaux, described it as “very important” that the Palme d’Or was for a woman. “It’s a sign of something very important, which is the future,” he said.
It is the director’s second feature film after “Grave” and in both films he featured a visceral and aggressive cinema, surpassed in the opinion of some by a “monster”, as Julia was in tears while collecting the award. Mentioned in The Heroes, Agathe Roussel and Vincent Lyndon.
A monstrous “that scares some and that runs through my work, and it is a weapon to force the walls of the ideal”, confirmed the director.
DuCournau received the Palme d’Or from Sharon Stone at the end of the gala, although she knew she was the winner long ago, when Spike Lee revealed the winning title before any other award.
Lee apologized for the mistake and almost went on to make the mistake again and officially declare himself at the Palme d’Or instead of Sharon Stone.
At a subsequent press conference, Lee assured that he had given 24 prizes to each film that participated in the competition, which was not possible.
But he delivered more than expected because there are two “ex aquos” on the list, one of them holding the festival’s second most important prize, the Grand Jury Prize.
This was for “A Hero” by Asghar Farhadi, a film as solid as the Iranian director’s, containing subtle social condemnation, and for “Hitti No. 6 (Compartment No. 6)” by Finn Juho. Kuosmann.
“For 36 years I have made films despite all the problems and pressures,” Farhadi said while receiving the award. And he said that, despite all these difficulties, he hopes that with his cinema he will help make things better and “save” his country by awakening conscience.
Farhadi and Kuosmanen starred in an emotional scene on the stage of the Gran Teatro Lumire, when they hugged each other tightly after the Finnish director admitted to being a fan of Irani.
The award given to Kuosmanen was a bit of a surprise as a little gem is his film, the story of a train journey in Russia in the ’80s and friendship above prejudice.
The Japanese Ryusuke Hamaguchi, whose “Drive My Car” was one of the favorites for the Palme d’Or, had to settle for the Best Screenplay award for adapting Haruki Murakami’s story with the genre.
While starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard, the crazy musical “Annette” by Léos Carrax, who was in charge of the festival’s opening and received rave reviews, won the Best Director award.
The jury prize was another “Ex Eko”, for “Ahead’s Knee”, a political story by Israeli Nadav Lapid, and for “Memoria”, by Thai Epichatpong Weerasethkul, with Scottish actress Tilda Swinton speaking in Spanish in Colombia. A production shot.
“I think about my fellow citizens who are not in a position to travel. Many people are suffering from this epidemic, which has not been managed properly. Resources not accessible. I call on the Thai government, the Colombian government and countries with similar circumstances to wake up and act in favor of their people”, said Thai on receiving his award.
In terms of performance awards, the jury – which also included Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kleber Mendonca Filho and Melanie Laurent – chose the two best performances.
In the women’s section, the winner was Norwegian Rennet Reinsway for “The Worst Person in the World” by Joachim Trier. A funny, dramatic, dark and light role in a film that is a portrait of contemporary love affairs.
And the award for Best Actor went to American Caleb Landry Jones for “Nitram” by Justin Kurzel. A work that came on the last day of the festival and which surprised by its intensity and its tight portrait of a violent imbalance.
Among the list of honors were titles such as “Les Olympiads” by Jacques Ouard, and “Les Intraquiles” by Joaquin Lafosse, which were very well received.
A record that kicks off a strange version of Cannes, marked by the fear of Covid-19 and the absence of great Hollywood stars.
just have a look
to be launched last
“Nitram” by Justin Kurzel and “Les Intranquilles” by Joachim Lafoss were the last two titles displayed at the 74th contest. Cannes Film Festival.
The film “Nitram” focuses on the man responsible for a massacre in 1996 in Port Arthur, Tasmania with a spectacular performance by American Caleb Landry Jones.
“you are restless”
The film “Les Unequiles” tells the story of the painter Damien Bonnard, who suffers from bipolar disorder, and his wife Lila, a furniture restorer who is at the limit of her strength due to her husband’s constant distress.