While Julia Ducournau’s second film, “Titane”, received the supreme honor at the 74th Cannes Film Festival on July 17, (re) discover her very first short film, “Junior”, on the Shadowz platform.
Since July 17, she is the second woman to have received the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. With Titane, Julia Ducournau marks a real turning point in the history of cinema. This shattering return, which seduced Spike Lee and the members of the jury, follows his first film, Grave, already very noticed on its release. In this first feature film, which is a learning story, she tells the story of the descent into hell of a young veterinarian and vegetarian student who gradually sinks into cannibalism. At the same time, she reveals an actress: Garance Marillier.
Before the bloody experience of Serious, the filmmaker and the actress had already worked together on a short film, entitled Junior, written and directed by Julia Ducournau herself. Presented at the 50th edition of Critics’ Week in 2011, this 20-minute film focuses on the fate of Justine – a name reused in Serious and Titanium – a college girl with a face ravaged by acne and a body hidden under layers of clothing.
From this first project, the director’s obsessions are there. To talk about puberty, she films the body of the adolescent to better observe her transformation, or rather her mutation. Like a reptile, the heroine sees her skin peel, strip, to give way to a rebirth that will not go unnoticed.
To celebrate the coronation of Titanium, Shadowz – streaming platform specializing in horror and horror films – puts online the short movie free access for a week. The opportunity for those who wish to familiarize themselves with the work of Julia Ducournau.
Titanium, with Vincent Lindon and Agathe Rousselle, is currently in theaters.
Discover the interview with Julia Ducournau and Agathe Rousselle for “Titane”: