Thanks to the jury for letting the monsters in. Titanium, Julie Ducournau’s metal-sentimental horror awarded the Cannes Palme d’Or 74. The second woman in history, after Jane Campion with Piano lessons in 1993. So eager to crown President Spike Lee, from having announced it at the beginning of what will be remembered as one of the craziest ceremonies ever, with the godmother Doria Tillier trying in vain to restore some order, while the first black president in the history of the festival, in a suit with multicolored brushstrokes, let himself be guided from her colleagues, and then take Sharon Stone’s hand at the canonical moment of the announcement. I’m sorry, I messed up, I didn’t do it on purpose.
Very excited (I don’t know why I’m speaking English, I’m French), the director, born in 1983, already appreciated for Raw, speaks in front of a room that reserves a thunderous applause. I know my film is not perfect, some say it is monstrous. But perfection can block, while the monstrosity that scares many is a strength for me. The jury recognizes the need for a more inclusive and fluid world. Thanks for letting the monsters in. Who in his film have the appearance of Alexia (the debutante Agathe Rousselle), a mutant creature, who grew up with a titanium plaque in his head after an accident, a passion for powerful cars, bloodthirsty but capable of striking Vincent Lindon, commander of the steroid-filled fire department, in the heart. The man is convinced that Alexia (in the meantime wanted as a serial killer of unwary lovers) is Adrien, his son who died as a child and lets himself go to the illusion of a new life. The film is already in theaters, now it will be the French public to decree its destiny (in Italy it is distributed by I Wonder).
The most moving moment was there standing ovation for Marco Bellocchio, with the awarding of the Palm of Honor by Paolo Sorrentino (the most important and the youngest director we have in Italy). Bellocchio fondly remembers Michel Piccoli a giant, and concludes: The good things I did combined imagination and courage, indispensable in our profession. The only Italian in the race remains empty-handed, Nanni Moretti’s Three Plans.
On paper the prizes were seven, Spike & c. they awarded nine. Ex aequo for the Special Grand Prix of the jury a A hero by Asghar Farhadi, the mocking parable of a man in search of a second chance Compartment n. 6 by Juho Kuosmanen, the meeting of two strangers, a Finnish student and a Soviet miner on a Trans-Siberian train in the 1980s. Ex aequo also for jury prize between Memory by the Thai Apichatpong Weerasethakul with Tilda Swinton e Ahed’s Knee by the Israeli Nadav Lapid, a close investigation into the contradictions of his country. Best Director Leo Carax (who sends Sparks, Ron and Russell Mael in his stead) for the gothic musical Annette.
Among the actors win Caleb Landry Jones for Nitram by Justin Kurzel, inspired by the Port Arthur massacre at the hands of a young man. Dismissed Lea Seydoux, the jury prefers Renate Reinsve for The Worst Person in the World by Joachim Trier, portrait in twelve chapters of a very indecisive woman. Only best script for Drive My Car by the Japanese Ryusuke Hamaguchi, based on a story by Murakami.
Grand Prize: ex aequo for Asghar Farhadi with A Hero and Juho Kuosmanen Compartment No. 6
Best Direction: Leos Carax by Annette
Best Screenplay: Rysuke Hamaguchi, Drive My Car
Best Actress: Norwegian actress Renate Reinsve wins with The Worst Person in the World
Jury Prize: ex aequo for Nadav Lapid with Ahed’s Knee and Memoria di Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Best Actor: American actor Caleb Landry Jones wins Best Male Performance with his role in Justin Kurzel’s Nitram
The Golden Room, the prize for the best first film in the selection, at the 74th Cannes Film Festival goes to Murina by Croatian director Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic.
To the movie Drive my car, by Japanese director Ryusuke Hamaguchi, gone on international critics and ecumenical jury award