French film director Julia Ducournau has been awarded the Palm d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival for her film Titan, making her the first female director to win the award in 28 years. The selection for the awards at this film festival was done by a jury headed by Spike Lee.
The awards were presented at the closing ceremony of the 74th Cannes Film Festival at the Grand Theater Lumire on Saturday. For the first time in the history of the film festival, the main international competition jury had more women than men. Dukornu is the second female director ever to win the Palm d’Or award. Earlier, New Zealand’s Jane Kempion was awarded the Palm d’Or in 1993 for “The Piano”.
At the same time, two films were selected for the ‘Grand Prix’, which was considered the second place award at the festival. It went to Iranian film director Asghar Farhadi’s “A Hero” and Finland’s Juho Kuosamen’s “Compartment No. 6”.
While Leos Karaks was awarded the Best Director award for ‘Annette’. The Best Actor award went to Caleb Landry for ‘Nitrum’, while the Best Actress award went to Rinette Reinsway.