We would like to stop talking about statistics, records, premieres, and more cinema. This 2021 edition will require a bit of hindsight. But will we have it?
Second woman to win the Palme d’Or, and the first solo, that is to say no tie. First black president in the history of the festival. First genre film – horror in the broad sense – to win the supreme award. First transgender film, too, as we could read on social networks by pinching yourself slightly. By looking well, we must undoubtedly find others.
But we would like, above all, not to talk about statistics, records, premieres, and more cinema. “Titanium”, by Julia Ducournau, a provocative proposition if not so radical as that, a film extreme enough to provoke epidermal reactions of fear or disgust, has the merit of dividing, even of disturbing. Since Saturday evening, we continue to lose heart, while the film has already been released and therefore visible for those who wish to check what this strange object looks like which seduced Spike Lee, Mylène Farmer and the other jurors.
At the end of a special fortnight – because it marked the return of the first festival in the world to play the deconfinement card and because the vaccination passport has considerably changed its face – one experiences a feeling of shortness of breath and intoxication. The latter is legitimate. It is symptomatic of each end of the festival, with this feeling of having lived cut off from the world, in a privileged bubble.
Shortness of breath, on the other hand, is less frequent. It results from a desire to load the boat to the maximum – films, news, stars – as if it were a question of making up for the lost time of the 2020 edition which did not take place. This 2021 vintage will require a bit of hindsight. But will we have it, this decline, the next Cannes Film Festival being announced in ten months and while Locarno and Venice will begin in the coming weeks? We hope so despite everything.