The 74th Cannes film festival ended on 17 July 2021 in the south of France with the awarding of its top prize, the Palme d’Or.
- The glamorous event which is the first major film festival took place fully in person since the start of the pandemic.
- This year’s opening film was the band Sparks’ musical Annette, starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard.
- The awards of the 74th Cannes Film Festival were decided by a jury chaired by Spike Lee and handed out at the event’s closing ceremony in the Grand Theatre Lumiere.
- For the first time in history, women outnumbered men five to four in the Cannes Film Festival’s main international competition jury.
- The women members of the jury were Mati Diop, Mylene Farmer, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jessica Hausner and Melanie Laurent. Kleber Mendonca Filho, Tahar Rahim and Song Kang-ho served alongside the quintet.
- French director, Julia Ducournau of ‘Titane’, a horror drama becomes the first female director in the last 28 years to win the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival.
List of the main winners:
- Palme d’Or: Julia Ducournau for “Titane” (France)
- Grand Prix: Shared by Ashgar Farhadi for “A Hero” (Iran) and Juho Kuosmanen for “Compartment No.6” (Finland)
- Best director: Leos Carax “Annette” (France)
- Best actress: Renate Reinsve for “Worst Person in the World” (Norway)
- Best actor: Caleb Landry Jones for “Nitram” (US)
- Best screenplay: Hamaguchi Ryusuke and Takamasa Oe for “Drive My Car” (Japan)
- Jury prize: Shared by Nadav Lapid for “Ahed’s Knee” (Israel) and Apichatpong Weerasethakul for “Memoria” (Thailand)
- Best first film: Antoneta Kusijanovic for “Murina” (Croatia)
- Best short film: Hong Kong’s “All The Crows In The World” Tang Yi
The first woman to win the Palme D’or:
- Jane Campion of New Zealand was the first woman to win the Palme d’Or for “The Piano” in the year 1993.
About Cannes Festival:
- Cannes is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France.
- It previews new films of all genres, including documentaries, from all around the world.
- Founded in 1946, the invitation-only festival is held annually (usually in May) at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès.
- The Cannes Festival until 2003 was called the International Film Festival (Festival international du film) and in English it is known as the Cannes Film Festival.
- The festival was formally accredited by the FIAPF (Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films; English: International Federation of Film Producers Associations) in 1951.
- On 1 July 2014, co-founder and former head of French pay-TV operator Canal+, Pierre Lescure, took over as President of the Festival, while Thierry Frémaux became the General Delegate.
- The board of directors also appointed Gilles Jacob as Honorary President of the Festival.
- It is one of the “Big Three” major European film festivals, alongside the Venice Film Festival in Italy, the Berlin International Film Festival in Germany, as well as one of the “Big Five” major international film festivals, which consists of the three major European film festivals, the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada, and the Sundance Film Festival in the United States.