The 'Titane' won the Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival 2021, making Julia Ducournau the second female director to win the top prize and the movie 'A hero' by the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi won Grand Prix at the film festival.

Iran PressEurope: French filmmaker Julia Ducournau has become only the second female director to win the Palme d'Or, the Cannes Film Festival's top prize, for her film 'Titane'.

In a shock moment, jury president Spike Lee announced the win in error early in the awards ceremony after a miscommunication. Gasps rang around the Grand Theatre Lumiere before the ceremony collected itself and reverted back to the normal running order. The awkward atmosphere did not dissipate, however, with the typically garrulous Lee noticeably bashful.

The Grand Prix -- the festival's second prize -- was jointly awarded to the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's 'A Hero' and Juho Kusomanen's 'Compartment No.6', CNN reported.

A two-time Oscar winner from Iran, Farhadi's intricate morality play 'A Hero' centers on a prisoner whose good deed on day release sets off a chain of fortune and misfortune.

Best director went to Frenchman Leos Carax for his musical 'Annette', starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard. Best screenplay was awarded to Ryusuke Hamaguchi for 'Drive My Car', the Japanese director's adaptation of a Haruki Murakami short story.

Best actor went to Caleb Landry Jones for 'Nitram', Justin Kurzel's retelling of the 1996 Port Arthur massacre in Australia, while best actress went to Renate Reinsve for Joachim Trier's 'The Worst Person in the World'.

Camera d'Or for first film (and award spanning the Official Selection and the wider program's The Director's Fortnight and Critics' Week) went to Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic for 'Murina', her tense family drama set on the Adriatic Coast.


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