Julia Ducournau, the 37-year-old French director of “Titane”, a freaky and provocative body-horror drama has become the first female director in 28 years to win the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’or. 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 on Saturday.
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. Ducournau burst on the scene with “Raw”, which bowed in the International Critics’ Week in 2016. She is only the second female director to ever win the Cannes top prize.