Julia Ducournau’s “Titane,” a wild body-horror thriller that includes intercourse with a automotive and a surprisingly tender coronary heart, gained the Palme d’Or on the Cannes Movie Competition making Ducournau simply the second feminine filmmaker to win the competition’s prime honor in its 74 12 months historical past.
The win on Saturday was mistakenly introduced by jury president Spike Lee on the prime of the closing ceremony, broadcast in France on Canal+, unleashing a couple of moments of confusion. Ducournau, a French filmmaker, didn’t come to the stage to just accept the award till the formal announcement on the finish of the ceremony. However the early trace didn’t diminish from her emotional response.
“I’m sorry, I preserve shaking my head,” mentioned Ducournau, catching her breath. “Is that this actual? I don’t know why I’m talking English proper now as a result of I’m French. This night has been so excellent as a result of it was not excellent.”
After a number of false begins, Lee implored Sharon Stone to make the Palme d’Or announcement, explaining: “She’s not going to mess it up.” The issues began earlier when Lee was requested to say which prize can be awarded first. As an alternative, he introduced the night’s ultimate prize, as fellow juror Mati Diop plunged her head into her fingers and others rushed to cease him.
Lee, himself, spent a number of moments along with his head in his fingers earlier than apologizing profusely for taking a whole lot of the suspense out of the night.