Palme d’Or Winner “Titane” is Now Playing in US Theaters

Julia Ducournau Wins Palme d'Or for "Titane"
Julia Ducournau's "Titane" gets US release date after winning The Palme d'Or at The Cannes Film Festival. Photo by Vadim Ghirda, Associated Press

Julie Ducournau’s second feature film, “Titane,” hit theaters in the United States on October 1. Much anticipation surrounded the French thriller and body horror film after its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in July, winning the festival’s top award: the Palme d’Or. As a director and writer known for her debut feature horror film “Raw,” Ducournau implements provocative storytelling and horror alongside elements of dark comedy in “Titane.”

Starring Agathe Rousselle, Vincent Lindon, Garance Marillier, and Laïs Salameh, the film follows a troubled woman with a metal plate in her head through a series of unexpected events, including impersonation, murder, and impregnation by a car. Jean-Christophe Reymond and Kazak Productions, along with Frakas Productions, Arte France Cinéma, and BeTV / VOO completed the film production. NEON, an American production and distribution company, acquired the North American rights to the film — which is now playing in most theaters across the country. 

So far, reviews following the film’s American debut tout its success in the genre of body horror, with Richard Brody of The New Yorker calling it “far stronger, far wilder, far stranger” than Ducournau’s debut film.

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