Gore queen Julia Ducournau wins prestigious Palme d’Or

French director Julia Ducournau became the second female director on Saturday to win the prestigious Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival with her horror film “Titane”. The grand prize was revealed early in the closing ceremony in an embarrassing misstep by jury chairman Spike Lee.

The awards ceremony for the 74th Cannes Film Festival started where it should have ended, with jury chairman Spike Lee falsely announcing that the serial killer odyssey “Titane” was the winner of the festival’s highest honor, the Palme d’Or.

Shouting and several moments of confusion ensued after Lee announced “Titane,” but Ducournau failed to take the stage to accept it. The ceremony continued and other awards were handed out while Lee was seen holding his head in his hands.

French director Julie Ducournau is only the second woman to take home the festival’s top prize, with one of the wildest, sexiest and most violent films ever shown at the Cannes Film Festival.

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It tells the story of a young woman who has sex with cars, kills without any care, and pretends to be a boy despite being pregnant with a vintage Cadillac. The 39-year-old French filmmaker said she developed a penchant for skin-crawling physical transformations early in life thanks to her parents, who are both doctors.

Best Director was awarded to Leos Carax for “Annette”, the fantastic musical that opened the festival. The award was received by musical duo Sparks, who wrote the script and music for the film.

Nadav Lapid’s “Ahed’s Knee” won the Jury Prize, while Caleb Landry Jones took home the Best Actor award. Renate Reinsve won the Best Actress award for Joachim Trier’s “The Worst Person in the World”.

( Jowharwith AFP, AP, Reuters)

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