Cannes Film Festival 2021: the complete list of the 74th edition
A wind of suspense was blowing on the Croisette on Saturday as the announcement of the winners of the 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival approached. And twist at the time of attacking the prize list, Spike Lee was ready to immediately unveil the palme d’Or. Some may have read the name of the winner on his lips … Discover the full list of winners of this 74th edition.
Titanium for Julia Ducournau
The vomiting and discomfort of several spectators during the Cannes screening will not have demotivated the jury. The French director, acclaimed for Grave in 2016, won the festival’s most prestigious awards for Titanium, a shocking and extraordinary film worn by Vincent Lindon. She imagines the story of a man who goes in search of his son who disappeared ten years ago, while a terrible serial killer is rampant. Julia Ducournau becomes the second director in Cannes history to win such an award after Jane Campion.
Asghar Farhadi for A hero tied with Juho Kuosmanen for Compartment no. 6
The second award tied, this time for the Grand Prix. The premiere went to Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen for his second feature film, Compartment n ° 6. A film that depicts the misadventures of a Finnish woman, stranded inside a train. But his meeting with a stranger will shake up his life.
Leos Carax for Annette
Despite fairly divided reviews, the musical by the French director won over the jury. Leos Carax was twice awarded the Youth Prize at Cannes with Holy Motors and Boy Meets Girl, this time pocketed the director’s prize. Presented as the opening film, Annette, with Marion Cotillard and Adam Driver, brings to music the story of a mysterious little girl, a child of Henry, a stage actor, and Ann, an internationally renowned singer.
Ryūsuke Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe for Drive my car
The two Japanese screenwriters received the award for Drive my car, a three-hour feature film based on Haruki Murakami’s short story. Ryūsuke Hamaguchi, both in the script but also in the direction, had already walked the Cannes red carpet in 2018 for Asako I & II, presented in the official competition. Drive my car delicately recounts the meeting of a director and the woman in charge of driving him to his destination.
Best Actress Award
Renate Reisnve in Julie (in 12 chapters)
It is with great emotion that Renate Reisnve, a young Norwegian actress still little known by the general public, received the price of female interpretation for Julie (in 12 chapters), directed by Joachim Trier. A film considered ” attractive and melancholy ” by our journalist, who is interested in the life of a young woman in her thirties, married to a successful cartoonist. But Julie refuses to give him the child he wants, and their relationship is struggling. She then falls in love with another man and hopes to start a new life.
The knee of Ahed by Nadav Lapid tied with Memoria by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
The jury decided to reward not one, but two films this year in this category. The first, Ahed’s Knee, is directed by the Israeli Nadav Lapid. He traces the trajectory of a filmmaker, who throws himself headlong into two battles: that of the death of freedom in his country, and that of the death of his mother.
Memoria, the second award-winning film, is directed by Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, who won a Palme d’Or in 2010 for Uncle Boonmee. In Memoria, he features a woman orchid grower played by Tilda Swinton, who visits her sick sister. She quickly befriends an archaeologist but is quickly disturbed by strange noises that haunt her every night.
Best Actor Award
Caleb Landry Jones in Nitram
The 31-year-old actor from Texas received the Best Actor Award for Nitram, directed by Justin Kurzel. This film, political and engaged, looks back on the events which led to the massacre of Port Arthur in Tasmania, in 1996, by Martin Bryant, responsible for the death of 35 people and 23 injured. One of the deadliest shootings in Australian history and led the government to legislate on the carrying of weapons.
Palme d’or of honor
Rewarded at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002 with the special mention of the Ecumenical Jury Prize for The Smile of My Mother, the Italian director this time received the palm of honor from Paolo Sorrentino. A distinction for his entire career that he accepted to the very long applause of the public.
Murina by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic
Presented at the Directors’ Fortnight, Murina is directed by director Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic, originally from Croatia. In it, she tells the story of Julija, a fiery teenager, and Ante, her bossy father, lives a quiet but isolated existence on a Croatian island. As Ante tries to negotiate a deal that could change their lives, a visit from an old family friend raises tensions.
Palme d’or for short film
All the crows in the world of Tang Yi
This fourteen-minute film, directed by Hong Kong director Tang Yi, tells the story of Shengnan, an 18-year-old high school student whose nocturnal adventure will push her to enter the adult world.
Special mention for the short film
Jasmine Tenucci’s August sky
Brazilian director Jasmin Tenucci received Special Jury Mention for August Heaven, a short film that focuses on the life of a pregnant nurse, who finds herself in a no charismatic church in Sao Paulo.
Critics’ Week Grand Prize
Feathers of Omar El Zohairy
The jury of the festival’s parallel selection, chaired by Cristian Mungiu ( 4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days), decided to dedicate the feature film by Omar El Zohairy. The Egyptian director tells the story of a submissive woman who will have to assume the role of head of the family, following the transformation of her husband … into a hen.
Price Un certain regard
The Loose Points of Kira Kovalenko
Directed by Russian Kira Kovalenko, this drama tells the story of Ada, a young woman who lives in a mining town in North Ossetia and tries to escape the suffocating stranglehold of her family. This is the director’s second feature film.
Tilda Swinton’s dogs
This very original palm, which rewards the best dog performance within the framework of the festival, was awarded this year to the three spaniels of actress Tilda Swinton. They were chosen for their interpretation in The Souvenir Part II by Joanna Hogg and succeed Brandy, the dog from Once Upon a time in … Hollywood.