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Titane receives the top Palme d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival.

Titane – a bizarre film full of sex and violence, has won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2021.


Julie Ducournau is only the second woman to win the Palme d’Or, and the first female to do so on her own.

After surviving a childhood vehicle accident, Ducournau’s second feature depicts the narrative of a young female killer who has sex with cars.

Spike Lee, a film director from the United States, announced the prize early in the ceremony on Saturday.

“I apologies for messing up,” the jury president said before revealing the major news to the audience.

When her film was formally declared as the victor, Ms. Ducournau was still distraught, saying, “This evening has been great because it’s been imperfect.”

Titane divided critics and was dubbed “one of the most frightening films ever screened at the festival.”

Cannes was the first full-fledged film festival to be held since the outbreak began.

The event from the previous year was canceled. Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite, which stormed the award circuit and won Best Picture at the 2020 Academy Awards, was the most recent film to win the Palme d’Or.

There were gasps when Lee prematurely announced the award winner during the closing ceremony

The event had a number of safety measures in place, including mask-wearing during movies and periodic Covid saliva tests for guests.

While the sparkle and glamour were toned down this year, a slew of Hollywood heavyweights made attendance, including Sharon Stone and Tilda Swinton.


The Grand Prix, the festival’s second most important award, was a tie between A Hero, directed by Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, and Compartment No 6, directed by Juho Kuosmanen.


The musical Annette, starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard, received Best Director for Leos Carax.


Renate Reinsve, a Norwegian actress, won Best Actress for her role in The Worst Person In The World.

Caleb Landry Jones won the award for the best male actor for his part in Nitram, which is based on a 1996 mass shooting in Australia.