‘Titane,’ directed by Julia Ducournau, receives the top award at the Cannes Film Festival.

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On Saturday, French director Julia Ducournau won the top award at the Cannes Film Festival for her film Titane.

Ducournau won the Palme d’Or, the festival’s highest medal, for her picture about a woman who survives a car accident and goes on to become a serial murderer, becoming just the second female filmmaker to do so.

Ducournau recalls watching the Cannes Film Festival as a youngster in her acceptance speech.

“At that time, I was sure that all the films awarded must have been perfect because they were on the stage. And tonight, I’m on the same stage, but I know my film is not perfect — but I think no film is perfect in the eyes of the person who made it. You could even say mine is monstrous.”

Spike Lee, president of the awards show’s jury, accidentally announced Ducournau’s victory at the beginning of the show, instead of at the end when the Palme d’Or is traditionally awarded, after a miscommunication.

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The jury, which also included filmmakers Mati Diop, Kleber Mendonca Filho, Jessica Hausner, actresses Maggie Gyllenhaal, Melanie Laurent, Tahar Rahim, Song Kang-ho, and singer-songwriter Mylen Farmer, revealed two ties.

Both Asghar Farhadi’s A Hero and Juho Kuosmanen’s Compartment No. 6 received the Grand Prix, the second highest accolade after the Palme d’Or, while special jury honours were granted to Nadav Lapid’s Ahed’s Knee and Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Memoria.

Caleb Landry Jones won best actor for his work in Nitram, while Renate Reinsve won best actress for her work in The Worst Person in the World.

Leos Carax nabbed best director for the film Annette and director Ryusuke Hamaguchi won best screenplay for his adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s Drive My Car.


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