The Best Films of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, In line with 31 Critics


Critics agree: The Cannes jury were given it proper once more.

At the tip of this yr’s Cannes Film Festival, some pundits expressed marvel that “Titane,” the adventurous body-horror riff on gender fluidity from filmmaker Julia Ducournau, received the Palme d’Or over extra conventional entries in Competition. However, many critics who lined the pageant this yr wouldn’t have it another method. “Titane” crowned IndieWire’s annual critics survey of the most efficient movies of the pageant, with 31 critics taking part from world wide, and Ducournau additionally crowned the class for Best Director.

The consequence marked the second one time in a row that the winner of our critics survey synced up with the Palme d’Or end result, following “Parasite” in 2019. (The pageant’s 2020 version used to be canceled because of the pandemic.) Both motion pictures had been ancient wins: “Parasite” used to be the primary Korean movie to win the Palme — regardless that no longer this survey — and “Titane” is most effective the second one film directed by way of a lady to land the prize after Jane Campion changed into the primary for “The Piano.”

Ducournau’s movie stars leap forward actress Agathe Rouselle as an erotic dancer with a sexual enchantment to vehicles, who is going at the lam after a killing spree and pretends to be the long-lost son of a lonely firefighter (Vincent Lindon). IndieWire’s David Ehrlich awarded the movie with an “A-“ grade and called it “the work of a demented visionary in full command of her wild mind.” In an interview with IndieWire, Ducournau mentioned she made the movie partially to turn that “femininity is so much more flexible and blurry than what people think it is.”

The film is most effective the second one for the French director, who first made an have an effect on at Cannes together with her 2017 debut “Raw,” which premiered at Critics Week. The pageant’s authentic regulations restrict the jury from giving further prizes to the Palme d’Or winner, so whilst Ducournau received absolute best director in our survey, the jury gave it to Leos Carax for “Annette.”

The jury awarded “The Worst Person in the World” with its absolute best actress prize for any other breakout, Renate Reinsve. The ultimate access in director Joaquim Trier’s “Oslo Trilogy” stars Reinsve as a lady suffering to search out her position in existence as she drifts thru a couple of ill-fated romances. Trier co-wrote the screenplay together with his long-time collaborator Eskil Vogt, whose additionally directed the Cannes premiere “The Innocents,” which screened within the Un Certain Regard segment.

Notably, “Titane” and “The Worst Person in the World” percentage the similar U.S. distributor that launched “Parasite” — Neon — regardless that the corporate picked up the latter movie after the beginning of the pageant. It used to be not too long ago added to the lineup of the Toronto International Film Festival q4, whilst it is still observed the place “Titane” will floor subsequent.

With critics vote casting within the classes of Best Film, Best Director, and Best Screenplay, there have been a number of runners-up, and multiple tie. Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “Memoria,” which follows Tilda Swinton thru Colombia as she tries to determine the supply of a mysterious sound, landed in 2nd position for absolute best movie, whilst Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Haruki Murakami adaptation “Drive My Car” tied in 3rd position with Joanna Hogg’s meta drama “The Souvenir Part II.” Weerasethakul additionally landed in 2nd position for Best Director, whilst Wes Anderson got here in 3rd for his anthology movie “The French Dispatch.”

The screenplay class noticed a three-way tie for 2nd position: Mia Hansen-Love’s in a similar way self-reflexive “Berman Island,” “Drive My Car,” and Iranian auteur Asghar Farhadi’s “A Hero.”

See the overall effects underneath. For extra of IndieWire’s Cannes protection, cross right here.

Best Film
1. “Titane,” Julia Ducournau
2. “Memoria,” Apichatpong Weerasethakul
(tie) 3. “Drive My Car,” Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
(tie) 3. “Souvenir Part II, The,” Joanna Hogg

Best Screenplay
1. “The Worst Person in the World”
(tie) 2. “Bergman Island”
(tie) 2. “Drive My Car”
(tie) 2. “A Hero”
3. “The Souvenir Part II”

Best Directed Film
1. “Titane,” Julia Ducournau
2. “Memoria,” Apichatpong Weerasethakul
3. “The French Dispatch,” Wes Anderson

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