(AFP) – Forbidden for less than 14, released in rooms just before the introduction of the sanitary pass, “Titane”, winner of the Palme d’Or 2021, nevertheless attracted more than 300. 000 spectators in France since its release, said Tuesday its distributors.
“Since 2011, only three films prohibited to less than 16 years may have exceeded this score “, they add. The film was released in theaters on 11 last July, just after the Cannes Film Festival.
Julia Ducournau’s feature film remains very far from the score of the previous Palme d’Or, “Parasite” by Bong Joon-ho, released in 2019 and which close to 1.9 million spectators in French cinemas (CBO Box-Office figures).
The results of the Palme d’Or in cinemas are very mixed: the previous record dated back to 2004 (“Fahrenheit 9 / 11” by Michael Moore with 2.3 million spectators). “Uncle Boonmee”, by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, awarded in 2010, remains the Palme d’Or the least seen in theaters, with 127. 000 French spectators.
The last French Palme d’Or, “Dheepan” by Jacques Audiard in 2015, attracted 660. 000 spectators in the hall.
Distributors also welcomed the debut of “Titane” in American theaters, where it was released last Friday, ensuring that it had made the “biggest start for a French film” for fifteen years.
Genre film, “Titane” mixes woman / machine hybridization, love for cars and the quest for fatherhood. It features a bluffing newcomer, Agathe Rousselle, and French actor Vincent Lindon, as a firefighter on steroids.