Spike Lee Accidentally Reveals Palme d’Or Winner Early: It’s ‘Titane’

CANNES, France — The 2021 version of the Cannes Film Festival gave its high prize, the celebrated Palme d’Or, to the French movie “Titane.”

A wild serial-killer story with among the most controversial scenes of the pageant, “Titane” was directed by Julia Ducournau, who turned simply the second girl to win the Palme, after Jane Campion took the prize in 1993 for “The Piano.”

And although “Titane” had been hotly tipped as a primary contender for the Palme, that reveal got here a lot sooner than supposed: At the start of the closing ceremony, when the jury president, Spike Lee, was requested to announce the primary prize of the night time, he misunderstood and skim off the first-prize winner as an alternative.

“Don’t do it!” shouted the actress-director Mélanie Laurent, a jury member seated subsequent to Lee. But the cat was already out of the bag.

The unintentional “Titane” reveal was solely the primary of a number of chaotic moments on the ceremony, because the spoiled Palme reveal was adopted by a best-actor prize for Caleb Landry Jones for the Australian tragedy “Nitram.” When a nervous-looking Jones took the stage, he appeared sick to his abdomen, mentioned, “I cannot do this,” and beat a hasty retreat.

Still, by the point a teary Ducournau was introduced out on the finish of the ceremony to lastly settle for her Palme, she had embraced the chaos. “This evening has been perfect,” she mentioned, “because it’s so not perfect.”

Julia Ducournau, left along with her star, Agatha Rousselle, turned the second girl to win the Palme d’Or in Cannes historical past.Credit…Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Other main winners included Leos Carax, who took the best-director prize for his eccentric musical “Annette,” best-actress winner Renate Reinsve for the Norwegian romantic dramedy “The Worst Person in the World,” and a pair of ties: The second-place prize was break up between “A Hero,” from the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, and the Finnish drama “Compartment No. 6,” whereas the third-prize tie went to the Nadav Lapid movie “Ahed’s Knee” and “Memoria,” starring Tilda Swinton.

At the final Cannes movie pageant, held in 2019, the Palme winner was “Parasite,” the primary main prize Bong Joon Ho’s movie took on its path to the best-picture Oscar. Though “Titane” is way too gory to turn out to be a serious Oscar contender, its Palme win firmly establishes Ducournau as a serious worldwide director solely two characteristic movies into her profession.

Correction: July 17, 2021

An earlier model of this text misspelled the title of the winner of one of the best director prize. He is Leos Carax, not Leox Carax.