Cannes President Spike Lee Prematurely Unveils Palme D’Or Winner In Echo Of 2017 Oscar Mix-Up – Watch


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Cannes Film Fesitval’s jury president Spike Lee appeared to inadvertently lift the lid on this year’s Palme d’Or winner – naming Julia Ducournau’s Titane – after a mix-up early in tonight’s closing awards ceremony. Watch the moment further down this page.

The event’s hostess asked Lee, in French, if he could reveal the “first prize” of the evening. Instead of reading that as the chronological first prize, Lee seemed to take it as ‘first place’, going on to say Titane had scooped the Palme.

Confusion reigned and the hostess attempted to resolve the situation by swiftly moving on to the prize that was supposed to be revealed at that moment – best actor for Nitram’s Caleb Landry Jones. Lee then urged her to speak to him in English to avoid any further mix-ups, drawing plenty of laughter from the attending audience.

Below is the clip courtesy of Canal+.

On a frôlé la catastrophe et une annonce un peu prématurée de la Palme d'or 😱 #Cannes2021

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As you’d expect, Twitter blew up with those attending the ceremony remarking on the error and drawing comparisons to the 2017 Oscars finale, when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway mistakenly announced La La Land as the Best Picture winner when it was in fact Moonlight.

Later in the ceremony, Lee almost unveiled the Palme early again. “In 63 years of life I’ve learned that people get a second chance, this is my second chance. I apologize for messing up. It took a lot of suspense out of the night I understand, it wasn’t on purpose,” he said, proceeding to begin announcing the prize before the hostess again rushed to stop him so that Sharon Stone could take the stage and make the announcement.

While the premature unveiling was unfortunate, it won’t detract from the fact that this is a historic Palme winner – Ducournau becomes only the second female to take the prize, following Jane Campion who did so with The Piano 28 years ago, and the first to win the award solo.

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‘Titane’ Wins Palme d’Or, Plus Full Cannes Winners List

IndieWire 17 July, 2021 - 01:55pm

The 2021 Cannes Film Festival officially came to an end with the awards ceremony in which this year’s competition jury named the best films and performances of the festival. With Spike Lee serving as president, the jury featured director Mati Diop, singer/songwriter Mylène Farmer, actress/director Maggie Gyllenhaal, writer/director Jessica Hausner, actress/director Mélanie Laurent, writer/director Kleber Mendonça Filho, actor Tahar Rahim, and actor Song Kang-ho. Find the full list of winners below.

In a historic win, Julia Ducournau won the Palme d’Or for her film “Titane,” which Neon releases stateside this year. This makes her only the second female director ever to win the Cannes Film Festival’s top prize, including Jane Campion in 1993 for “The Piano.” (In a gaffe that briefly stunned the audience, Spike Lee accidentally announced the Palme winner at the top of the ceremony.)

Since the 2020 festival was canceled due to the pandemic, the last film to take the Palme d’Or (the festival’s top prize) was Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” in 2019 — a film that went all the way to the Oscars, winning Best Picture the following year.

This year’s jury had plenty to choose from, with new films from Leos Carax, Wes Anderson, Julia Ducournau, Paul Verhoeven, Asghar Farhadi, Sean Baker, and many more playing the festival in competition. As is tradition, the festival’s big winners will screen one more time for those still in France on Sunday.

In a return to form after two years, this year’s Cannes delivered quite the wide range of cinematic experiences, from bigger studio fare like Anderson’s “The French Dispatch” and Matt Damon in Tom McCarthy’s “Stillwater” to provocative new entries from Ducournau (“Titane”) and Carax (“Annette”).

At the beginning of the festival, Jodie Foster kicked off the proceedings by accepting the festival’s Honorary Palme d’Or prize. An Honorary Palme also went to Marco Bellocchio during the ceremony.

Also already announced were awards out of the Un Certain Regard and Critics’ Week lineups. Kira Kovalenko’s “Unclenching the Fists” won the top prize out of Un Certain Regard from a jury led by Andrea Arnold, who premiered her own documentary, “Cow,” out of competition at Cannes. In the Critics’ Week sidebar, Omar El Zohairi’s “Feathers” won the top prize from a jury led by Cristian Mungiu, himself a Palme d’Or winner for 2007’s “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days.”

Palme d’Or: “Titane”

Grand Prix: (tie) “A Hero” and “Compartment No. 6”

Jury Prize: (tie): “Ahed’s Knee” and “Memoria”

Best Actress: Renate Reinsve, “The Worst Person in the World”

Best Actor: Caleb Landry Jones, “Nitram”

Best Director: Leos Carax, “Annette”

Best Screenplay: Ryusuke Hamaguchi, “Drive My Car”

Short Film Palme d’Or: Tian Xia Wu Ya by Tang Yi

Special Jury Mention for Short Film: “Ceu de Agosto” by Jasmin Tenucci

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Julia Ducournau’s Titane Wins the Palme d’Or for Cannes 2021

Vulture 17 July, 2021 - 01:40pm

Tonight (because it’s night, Cannes-time), the 2021 Cannes Festival Jury helmed by Spike Lee announced its list of winning films and filmmakers from the competition. Lee seemed to take a page from the 2021 Oscars ceremony when he seemed to accidentally announce the winner of the Palme d’Or before the other awards. It went to Titane, directed by Julia Ducournau, making her the second female director in Cannes history to win the prize, after Jane Campion for The Piano in 1993. Below is the list of winners from the ceremony.

Palme d’Or: Titane, Julia Ducournau

Actor: Caleb Landry Jones, Nitram

Actress: Renate Reinsve, The Worst Person in the World

Director: Leos Carax, Annette

Grand Prix: A Hero, Asghar Farhadi and Compartment No. 6, Juho Kuosmanen

Jury Prize: Ahed’s Knee, Nadav Lapid and Memoria, Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Screenplay: Drive My Car, Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe

And of course, the most prestigious honor of the festival was already presented yesterday:

Palm Dog: The Souvenir II, Snowbear, Rosie, and Dora (accepted on their behalf by Tilda Swinton)

Dora, Rosie et Snowbear, les épagneuls de Tilda Swinton enrôlés à ses côtés dans "The Souvenir Part II", sont les lauréats ex aequo de la Palm Dog 2021, prix indépendant récompensant la meilleure performance canine du Festival de Cannes #AFP #AFPvideo

Cannes Film Festival: Julia Ducournau Becomes 2nd Female Director In History To Take Palme D’Or With ‘Titane’ – Full Winners List

Deadline 17 July, 2021 - 12:32pm

UPDATE: In what was one of the wildest, and most ground-breaking awards ceremonies of recent memory at the Cannes Film Festival, French filmmaker Julia Ducournau became the second-ever female director to win the Palme d’Or, with her audacious Titane. The last time a woman scooped the top prize was in 1993 when Jane Campion shared honors in a tie between her The Piano and Chen Kaige’s Farewell My Concubine.

While there were harbingers that Titane was destined to take home a statue this evening — she appeared on the red carpet ahead of the closing ceremony — it became very clear that her film was the primo laureate when jury president Spike Lee inadvertently announced the Palme at the outset of the ceremony.

Evidently misunderstanding a cue for the first prize of the evening as “first prize,” Lee gave away the goods which resulted in nervous anticipation, a Twitter explosion and also evident delight from the audience in the Lumière theater here in Cannes. It took a while for things to get back on track as Lee conferred with the jury members assembled on the side of the stage, apparently in an effort to understand what had just gone down.

The usual system at a Cannes awards ceremony is a tandem between the jury and host as well as an awards presenter called to the stage for a specific category. When it finally came to the Palme D’Or this evening, Lee began, “In my 63 years of life I’ve learned that people get a second chance, so this is my second chance, and I apologize for messing up; it took a lot of suspense out of the night.”

Sharon Stone then came out to hand the Palme to Ducournau who was — despite, or maybe because of — the earlier reveal, very emotional. She said, “I I keep shaking my head… I don’t know why I’m speaking English, I’m French. This evening has been amazing. Thank you Spike, it’s because of you.”

She continued, in French, to explain she had watched awards ceremonies from a young age and “was sure that all winners must be perfect because they were on this stage. Tonight I am on this stage and I know my movie is not perfect, but I don’t think any film is perfect in the eyes of the person who made it, some may even say it’s monstrous.” She concluded that the prize would hopefully recognize “a world that has a need to be more and more fluid.”

PREVIOUS, 10:32AM PT: The 74th Cannes Film Festival is drawing to a close this evening with winners of the main prizes to be announced shortly from the Grand Théâtre Lumière inside the Palais. The return of Cannes this year, after the pandemic forced its cancellation in 2020, has been an interesting affair, replete with Covid testing, reduced crowds — despite a bevy of vacationing tourists — and above all a fresh official competition selection.

Among the best received entries this year is Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car, a brooding and introspective drama about long-held secrets, regrets and revelations largely unveiled while on the road in a moving car — and also the longest-running film in the competition at just three hours.

Also making waves is previous Cannes prizewinner Asghar Farhadi with A Hero, a thought-provoking story of a good deed gone bad. Joachim Trier’s The Worst Person In The World was widely lauded, and acquired by Neon following a tussle for North American rights. Paul Verhoeven, meanwhile, was back with steamy period piece Benedetta, based on the true story of a 17th Century abbess whose claims of mystical visions and miracles were investigated by the Catholic church in a trial that lasted from 1619-23.

Leos Carax’s opener Annette, Julia Ducournau’s audacious Titane, Sean Baker’s Red Rocket, Apichatpong Weerasthakul’s Memoria, Juho Kuosmanen’s Compartment No. 6 and Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch also sparked discussion.

Annually, the outcome here in Cannes is anything but predictable, and Spike Lee’s jury could go in any direction. We’ll know more in just a little bit, so check back as we update the winners below:

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Cannes 2021 week two: heatstruck delirium and instant classics

The Guardian 17 July, 2021 - 08:00am

The film in question is Petrov’s Flu, directed by the dissident Russian film-maker Kirill Serebrennikov, who’s laying the chaos on thick and fast. I’m liking the movie but many others are not. They keep breaking for the exit, pushing the back door to escape. They think the whole thing’s too fevered; too malarial to make sense. Or maybe it’s that Serebrennikov’s story lands a little too close to home.

The hero of Sean Baker’s rambunctious Red Rocket is likewise on the move, oiling his way in with whoever will have him. Simon Rex plays Mikey, a washed-up hustler in a flyblown Texas town of smokestacks and Maga hoardings, forever on the prowl for fresh prey and new dupes. Baker’s modern-day Midnight Cowboy – dirty as sin and yet not without honour – is one of my favourites from this year’s competition. Its breakneck, mongrel energy runs rings around the thoroughbreds.

I was also faintly underwhelmed by Bergman Island from the usually excellent Mia Hansen-Løve: a relationship drama about two film-makers (Vicky Krieps and Tim Roth) that can’t decide whether to bury the cult of the great male artist or bask in its glory. Perhaps it’s inevitable that a film about two creative souls should itself be in two minds. Still, this feels uncharacteristically thin. It’s decorative, diverting and self-absorbed to a fault.

Is it perverse to mourn the lack of an out-and-out turkey, some Grace of Monaco-level disaster to get the critics all hooting? Flag Day tries its best but it’s too solidly built to count as an unqualified dud. Sean Penn directs and stars alongside his daughter, Dylan, as an unrepentant career criminal and wastrel dad, grinning and gurning and always neck-deep in trouble. A tougher director might have reined in Penn’s performance. With his ill-fitting suit and caterpillar moustache, he looks like a Chuckle brother trying to play Willy Loman.

In terms of unbridled silliness, though, there’s not much that can compete with Benedetta. Paul Verhoeven’s 17th-century nun saga is full of bad habits, second comings, pick your own double-entendre, and hinges on a dildo whittled from a statue of the Virgin Mary. We had fun watching this – but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s good.

In the meantime, though, I keep circling back to The Worst Person in the World. Shot by Joachim Trier around a glowing, magic-hour Oslo, this spotlights the faltering progress of 30-year-old Julie (Renate Reinsve), who can’t decide who she loves or what she wants. The plot spins its wheels. Julie’s capricious and enraging. And yet Trier’s film manages that rare alchemy of taking a trivial little life and making it precious and profound. The Worst Person in the World is about minor stumbles, foolish missteps and the ticking of the clock. Which is another way of saying that it’s about absolutely everything.

Cannes awards pick wide open after film festival's crowded comeback

Reuters 16 July, 2021 - 05:01pm

The world's biggest film festival returned to the French Riviera after a 2020 hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, drawing a host of movie stars, from Bill Murray and Matt Damon to Sharon Stone, to the red carpet.

The 12 frantic days of premieres and late night dinners were more subdued than usual. Attendance was lower, and gone were many of the yacht parties held off the Cannes coast.

However, the competition was as intense as ever, with 24 films vying for the top Palme d'Or for best movie, up from 21 in 2019.

Critics said there were few sure-fire winners this time, in a contest that can depend on quirks of the jury - headed up for this edition by "Do The Right Thing" director Spike Lee.

South Korea's Bong Joon-ho won in 2019 with darkly comic social satire "Parasite", a frontrunner from the get-go, which went on to win an unprecedented Oscar for best film for a non-English-language entry.

Iran's Farhadi, who has impressed Cannes juries before but never won the Palme, is among those generating buzz with "A Hero", about an indebted prison inmate faced with a quandary when his girlfriend finds a bag of gold coins.

"Drive My Car" by Japan's Ryusuke Hamaguchi, a tale of heartbreak, loss and new connections adapted from a Haruki Murakami short story, was also praised by critics. And many warmed to Joachim Trier's modern love story "The Worst Person in the World".

Some said more unconventional outings such as 37-year-old French director Julia Ducournau's messy and violent serial-killer movie "Titane", deserved attention.

Renan Cros, a journalist and cinema professor at Esec University, said "Titane" was a daring attempt to push the boundaries of genres.

"If Spike Lee and his jury want to celebrate the future, it's clearly Julia Ducournau," he said.

Cros also picked out "Casablanca Beats" by Morocco's Nabil Ayouch, about Moroccan youth trying to find their voice, as a contender.

Winners will be announced on Saturday night at a ceremony starting at 1725 GMT, with the top prize usually broadcast a few hours in.

"Memoria" by Thailand's Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and "Paris 13th District" by Jacques Audiard have also made shortlists of possible runners and riders.

Some of the most star-studded entries have failed to generate awards buzz, including Wes Anderson's "The French Dispatch", which received mixed reviews, and Sean Penn's "Flag Day".

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