Cannes Film Festival 2021: ‘Titane’ wins Palme d’or

French director, Julia Ducournau of ‘Titane’, a horror drama becomes the first female director in the last 28 years to win the Palme d’or at Cannes Film Festival.

Cannes Film Festival 2021

  • On July 18, 2021, the awards of the 74th Cannes Film Festival were handed out at the closing ceremony of the event in the Grand Theatre Lumiere.
  • The runner up prize of the festival, The Grand Prix, was shared by two films. They are Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen’s ‘Compartment No. 6’ and Iranian Asghar Farhadi’s ‘A Hero’.
  • Best Director Award was won by Leos Carax for the pop-opera musical ‘Annette’.
  • This year, coming-of-age drama ‘Murina’ won The Camera d’or for the best first film screened in Cannes.
  • Caleb Landry Jones won the Best Actor prize for his lead performance in ‘Nitram’.
  • Norwegian Renate Reinsve bagged the Best Actress prize for her performance in ‘The Worst Persona in the World’.

Jury of the award

A jury chaired by Spike Lee decided upon the winner of the 74th Cannes Film Festival awards. Also, for the first time in history, in the Cannes Film Festival’s main international competition jury women outnumbered men five to four.

First woman to win the Palme d’or

Jane Campion of New Zealand was the first woman to win the Palme d’or for “The Piano” in the year 1993.

About Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Festival, which was called the International Film Festival (Festival international du film) till the year 2003 and in English known as the Cannes Film Festival, is an annual film festival which is held in Cannes, France.  Inthis festival new films of all genres, including documentaries, from all around the world are previewed. This festival was founded in the year 1946 and in 1951 was formally accredited by the FIAPF. It is one of the “Big Three” major European film festivals, alongside the Berlin International Film Festival, Germany and the Venice Film Festival in Italy. It is also one of the “Big Five” major international film festivals which consists of the three major European film festivals as well as the Sundance Film Festival in the United States and the Toronto International Film Festival, Canada.

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