Awarded the Palme d’Or at the 74th Cannes Film Festival, Julia Ducournau delivered a vibrant speech when receiving her prize. Find out in full.
A titanic reward, a historic “serious” prize: the Cannes Film Festival vibrates this Saturday evening for Julia Ducournau, whose second feature film, Titanium, was awarded the Palme d’Or by the Jury of Spike Lee. Accompanied on the stage of the Palais des Festivals by her actors Agathe Rousselle and Vincent Lindon, the French director, second woman to receive a Palme d’Or, delivered a strong and moving speech, celebrating freedom … and monsters.
“When I was little, it was a ritual with us to watch the closing ceremony on TV. At that time, I was sure that all award-winning films had to be perfect because they had the honor of being. on this stage. And tonight I’m on this stage. “
Perfection is not a pipe dream, it’s a dead end
“I know my movie isn’t perfect. But I don’t think any movie is perfect in the eyes of whoever made it anyway. Mine is even said to be monstrous. You know, now that I’ve become an adult and a director, I realize that perfection is not a chimera, it’s a dead end. It’s a dead end. And the monstrosity that some people fear and that runs through my work , it is a weapon, a force to push back the walls of normativity that locks us in and that separates us. “
“There is so much beauty, emotion and freedom to be found in what cannot be put in a box. And in what remains to be discovered about us. I wanted to thank the Jury very much for recognizing with this prize the greedy and visceral need that we have for a more inclusive and more fluid world. Thank you to the Jury for calling for more diversity in our experiences in cinema and in our lives. And thank you to the Jury for letting the monsters in . “
Thank you for helping me to be free
“I would like to share this award with my entire team. With the actors Vincent and Agathe who gave themselves body and soul for this film. To my producer who accompanied me on the worst roller coasters in the world. To my distributors and my salespeople. who fell in love with my baby before he was even born. And most of all I would like to share it with every technician who has fought through thick and thin in the almost two horrible years that we have just lived. good despite the postponements, to make Titanium exist and bring it here. “
“I also think of my parents when they look at me. I wanted to thank them for supporting me in all the choices I have made in my life and for helping me to be free. Thank you all from the bottom of the earth. heart.”