A rare edition, between PCR test, tails and the delta variant. Between movies by established authors and new talents. A Cannes film festival like this could only end with an earthquake. So it was. Spike Lee He honored his fame and announced the Palme d’Or before the rest of the awards. Nobody believed it. Had the president of the jury just announced the Golden Palm for Titanium? Yes. Either it was the trolley of the year or the ‘blunder’ of the year. It was the second and killed the excitement of an edition of a very high level.
Julia Ducournau made history. The second woman in the 74 editions of the contest to win the jackpot of the largest festival in the world. He does it with a radical, wild, unique and unclassifiable film. A film that will mark the cinematographic year and that puts its director in the spotlight after her shocking debut feature, Crudo. Titanium, which will arrive in Spain in October, is a film that should be reached a virgin, with a woman who adopts another identity to escape a violent past. Ducournau drinks from classics like Crash, and takes revenge for the defeat of the Cronenberg film at this festival 25 years ago.
A deserved victory and that confirms that the jury has risked. Has given his Golden palm to a film that talks about the deconstruction of gender, motherhood and that shows that the best horror comes from the hand of women. The second most important award, the Grand Jury Prize.
One of the favorites until the end, A hero, from Asghar Farhadi, He was also left with the desire, for him it was the second prize, the Grand Prize of the Jury. A work with which the Iranian returns to his best cinema, that of Nader and Simín, a separation. A Kafkaesque labyrinth that shows the individual against the state and with which he makes one of his subtle criticisms. Her last half hour is overwhelming and from her press pass it was said that she was one of the strong candidates. It was not for him alone. He shared it with one of the surprises of the edition, Compartment N6, from Juho Kuosmanen.
The bronze, the jury prize, was ex aequo for two films as different as they were interesting. The first was Ahed’s knee, the torn cry of Nadav Lapid against the state of Israel. A film that is small compared to his previous film, Synonyms, but that rewards the rage and urgency of the film. Next to him rose the star of moviegoers, the Thai Apichatpong Weerasethakul who already has a Palme d’Or and who gets a mention for Memory, his first film outside his country and with a star like Tilda Swinton.
Caleb Landry Jones was the best actor for his incredible portrayal of the murderer of the Port Arthur massacre in Nitram. For her part, the best actress was Renate Reinsve, for ‘The worst person in the world‘, from Joachim Trier. The Norwegian’s film revolves around her to X-ray the life of a young woman in today’s world in the 30s. One of the few comedies and an award that left out the aspirations of other favorites, such as the actresses of Languages oa la Virginie Efira de Benedetta.
Critics’ favorite, the Japanese Drive my car, had to settle for the award for best script for Ryūsuke Hamaguchi, which gets the mention for this adaptation of a story by Murakami the same year that he won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for his previous film. Annette, The opening of the contest won the award for Best Director for Leos Carax. Fair and necessary. Carax’s visual inventiveness looks better than ever in this musical with Sparks history and a colossal rendition of Adam Driver.
Much was made of what the jury chaired by Spike Lee would do. We all pull prejudices thinking that they would bet on political and social cinema. Somehow they did, but wrapped up in a commitment to the genre. An irreproachable record in which were all the films that should have been and that elevated Ducournau to heaven.
All the honors
Palma de Oro: ‘Titanium’
Grand Jury Prize: ‘A hero’ and ‘Compartment Nº6’.
Jury Prize: Ahed’s Knee and Memory.
Best Direction: Leos Carax, for ‘Annette’.
Best Screenplay: Ryūsuke Hamaguchi, for ‘Drive my car’.
Best Actor: Caleb Landry Jones, for ‘Nitram’.
Mejor actriz: Renate Reinsve, por ‘The worst person in the world’.