Title – an outlandish film packed filled with sex and violence – has won the highest award at the 2021 Cannes festival.
Director Julie Ducournau is merely the second woman to receive the Palme d’Or and therefore the first female to win it alone.
The film, which is Ducournau’s second feature, tells the story of a young female killer who has sex with cars after surviving a childhood crush.
The award was prematurely revealed by US director Lee at the start of Saturday’s ceremony.
The jury president let the large secret slip, before telling the audience: “I apologize for messing up.”
Ms. Ducournau was still emotional when her film was officially announced because of the winner, adding: “This evening has been perfect because it has been imperfect.”
Titan had split critical opinion and has been described together as the foremost shocking ever shown at the festival.
Title: the foremost shocking film of 2021
Sun, stars, and saliva at Cannes
Cannes rolls out the red carpet again after a year off
Cannes was the primary full-scale festival to require place since the beginning of the pandemic.
Last year’s event was canceled. The last film to require the Palme d’Or was Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite in 2019, which later swept the award circuit and won Best Picture at the 2020 Academy Awards.
A host of safety procedures were in situ at the festival, including mask-wearing during screenings and frequent Covid saliva tests for attendees.
While the glitz and glamour were diluted this year, a raft of Hollywood stars – including Sharon Stone and Tilda Swinton – made appearances.
The second-most prestigious award of the festival, the Grand Prix, was a tie between Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s film A Hero and Compartment No 6 directed by Juho Kuosmanen.
Leos Carax won Best Director for musical Annette, which stars Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard.
Norwegian actress Renate Reinsve was named Best Actress for her part within the Worst Person in the World.
Actor Caleb Landry Jones took home the highest male acting prize for his role in Nitram – which centers around a 1996 mass shooting in Australia.