All the Buzz from Cannes Film Festival 2021: Part 2

All the Buzz from Cannes Film Festival 2021: Part 2
Cannes Film Festival may have moved from its original May date to July, but that didn’t dampen the fun of the fest. While there were some COVID-related issues to arise, the festival experienced its trademark fun and excitement, with notable moments both on and off the tapis rouge. Here’s all the latest news from the world famous Cannes Film Festival. Spike Lee Accidentally Announces Palme d’Or Winner First: “Titane” In a very endearing faux pas, festival jury president Spike Lee accidentally announced the Palme d’Or winner first at the Cannes Awards Saturday night. (The winner in that category is typically announced later on in the ceremony.) Lee shared with the room that Titane was the winner of this year’s most coveted prize at Cannes, the Palme d’Or. Titane is a “radical horror vision,” says Variety. The film, directed by France’s Julia Ducournau, is about a serial killer who becomes impregnated and then she assumes the identity of a man. The award of Palme d’Or to Ducournau is only the second time a woman-directed film took the top prize. “Unclenching the Fists” wins ‘Un Certain Regard’ Prize Kira Kovalenko’s Unclenching the Fists took home the top prize in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ section at Cannes. The film, set in Russia, follows a young woman (Milana Aguzarova) struggling to escape her family. The film’s producer is a two-time Oscar nominee, Alexander Rodnyansky (Leviathan and Loveless).     View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Kira Kovalenko (@kovalenkokira) Cannes Introduced Sanitary Passes; 48-Hour Saliva Tests Cause Headaches As anyone who follows global news knows – we are not out of the woods with the pandemic. Tokyo canceled the attendance of spectators at the Olympics in July, and Cannes quietly introduced new safety measures during the festival. According to Variety, the festival said that the 48-hour salivary testing for COVID-19 is mandatory, in spite of the introduction of “sanitary passes” earlier at the festival. The passes effectively removed the need to take a salivary RT-PCR test every two days. However, they were mistakenly issued to non-EU delegates, causing a headache for festival organizers. Even with the salivary tests, there were said to be “many problems” with the tests. The festival reportedly averaged 3 new cases of COVID-19 per day.

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