On Saturday, the 74th annual Cannes Film Festival came to an end, with the top prize of the event, the coveted Palme d'Or, handed to French filmmaker Julie Ducournau for her audacious film "Titane".
Ducournau is now the second female to receive the award at Cannes, but her victory happened to be announced at a gaffe by the jury head, Spike Lee.
"No excuses, I messed up," Lee told reporters after the event. "I'm a big sports fan, it's like the guy at the end of the game at the foul line, he misses a free throw, or the guy misses a kick."
"Titane" is thought to be a particularly violent movie, described as "body horror", about a woman with a titanium plate in her head who combines two bizarre things about herself, as she is a serial killer and has sex with cars - in particular, in the film she becomes impregnated by a Cadillac.
✨ Julia DUCOURNAU, lauréate de la Palme d'or #Cannes2021 pour TITANE ! Félicitations à toute l'équipe du film !— Festival de Cannes (@Festival_Cannes) July 17, 2021
✨ Julia DUCOURNAU has been awarded the 2021 Palme d'or! Congratulations to the whole film crew! #Cannes2021 #Awards #PalmedOr #TITANE pic.twitter.com/8APqMaoZ3D
French President Emmanuel Macron celebrated Ducournau's victory, saying that her piece rewards the "audacity and singularity of French cinema."
"Congratulations to Julia Ducournau for her Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival! A palm that rewards the audacity and singularity of French cinema", his tweet reads.
Toutes mes félicitations à Julia Ducournau pour sa Palme d'or au Festival de Cannes ! Une palme qui récompense l'audace et la singularité du cinéma français.— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) July 17, 2021
The Grand Prix award at the festival was split between Asghar Farhadi's Iranian drama "A Hero'' and "Apartment No. 6.'', by Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen.
Leos Carax was awarded best director for his musical movie "Annette". Renate Reinsve won the prize for best actress, starring in "The Worst Person in the World" and Caleb Landry Jones was named best actor for his part in the movie "Nitram".
The Camera d'Or award was received by Croatian drama "Murina" by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic. Nadav Lapid's "Ahed's Knee" won the jury prize.
The Cannes film festival had taken place annually since 1946. The 2021 event was initially scheduled to take place in May but was postponed to July.