Monday 8/2/21
FILM FESTIVAL

France’s Julia Ducournau wins top Cannes prize for serial killer film

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi and Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen share the Cannes Film Festival's Grand Prix
Film producer Jean-Christophe Reymond, Vincent Lindon, actor from France, Julia Ducrounau, director from France, Agathe Rousselle, writer from France, Garance Marillier, actress from France, and Lais Salameh, actor from France, arrive at the screening of the film "Titane" at the 74th Cannes International Film Festival on July 13, 2021. Photo: Mickael Chavet/ZUMA Wire/dpa.
Film producer Jean-Christophe Reymond, Vincent Lindon, actor from France, Julia Ducrounau, director from France, Agathe Rousselle, writer from France, Garance Marillier, actress from France, and Lais Salameh, actor from France, arrive at the screening of the film 'Titane' at the 74th Cannes International Film Festival. Photo: Mickael Chavet/dpa.

French director Julia Ducournau's won the 74th Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or for best picture with her movie 'Titane' about a young serial killer, becoming only the second woman to be awarded the prestigious prize.

The last woman to win the Palme d'Or was New Zealand-born Jane Campion in 1993 with 'The Piano.'

Ducournau's movie was one of a bumper 24 films comprising this year's main competition at the world's leading film festival, which was held against the backdrop of the global uncertainty unleashed the coronavirus crisis.

After abandoning last year's event amid the onslaught of the pandemic, festival organizers had a vast backlog of movies to draw on for this year's official selection.

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi and Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen share the Cannes Film Festival's Grand Prix, which is the festival's second prize after the Palme d'Or.

Farhadi won the prize for 'A Hero' which follows a man who uncovers a bag of money, which then pushes into a series of moral dilemmas, and Kuosmanen for his film 'Compartment No 6' about a woman's journey through the Soviet Union in the 1980s.

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