The president of the jury revealed that Titanium had won the Palme d’Or very early in the ceremony.
The closing ceremony of the 74th Cannes Film Festival was historic in many ways. For the victory of Julia Ducournau with Titanium of course, the director becoming the second woman to win the Palme d’Or, and the first to receive it alone, The Piano Lesson by Jane Campion who had to share the prize with Goodbye my concubine by Chen Kaige in 1993. But also for the chaotic course of the evening, marked by the huge blunder of Spike Lee, who revealed the name of the winner in advance (spoil certainly not taken live by the translator). A dumpling worthy of Warren Beatty who had wrongly announced that La La Land won the Oscar for Best Picture in 2017.
The president of the jury returned to the incident during the press conference held after the ceremony, and he did not try to shirk his responsibilities (some criticized Dora Tillier for having misled Lee by asking her to reveal the “first price“):”I have no excuses. I messed up. I am a big fan of sports. It’s like the guy who is on the line at the end of the game and misses his free throw, or a guy who misses a penalty“.
But to believe Spike Lee, we don’t blame him too much. “I wanted to talk to all the Festival organizers and apologize to them. They told me to forget about it“Julia Ducournau, the main interested party, even thanked the American filmmaker during his speech:”Spike it’s thanks to you that this evening is so amazing“, spontaneously declared the director of Titanium, particularly moved.
After the cancellation of the previous edition, the main thing was that this Cannes 2021 took place, and took place almost as usual despite the resurgence of the Covid-19 epidemic, with its films, its debates inflamed, its stars on the red carpet and a Palme d’Or that will make a milestone. “We love cinema and it is a great honor for us to be on the jury“, concluded Lee.”This year even more, after the Covid-19. It’s historic. Apart from me who messed around, it’s historical“.
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