Cannes 2021 – The winners of the 74th edition

19 July, 2021

The Cannes Film Festival took place this year between July 6-17, opening in the presence of Spike Lee, its jury president, Bong Joon-ho,  the big winner of 2019, renowned filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, and Jodie Foster, who received the Festival’s Honorary Palme d’or.

The 74th edition showcased some of the best productions of the last year from all over the world, and Romania enjoyed a strong presence, having no less than 4 films in the festival program and a student film in the Cinéfondation selection. Moreover, Cristian Mungiu was appointed the president of the Semaine de la Critique section.

The Romanian films participating in Cannes and presented in world premiere were: Titane (dir. Julia Ducournau). It’s the second time in the history of the festival when the winner of the Palme d’Or is a woman.

La Civil (feature film, dir. Teodora Ana Mihai) – Un Certain Regard
When Night Meets Dawn (short film, dir. Andreea Cristina Borțun) – Quinzaine des Réalisateurs
Întregalde (feature film, dir. Radu Muntean) – Quinzaine des Réalisateurs
Interfon 15 (short film, dir. Andrei Epure) – Semaine de la Critique
Love Stories on the Move (dir. Carina-Gabriela Dașoveanu, U.N.A.T.C Bucharest) – Cinéfondation

La Civil was awarded the Un Certain Regard Courage Prize, and Love Stories on the Move with the Cinéfondation Third Prize.

The big winner of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival is…

The complete list of winners of the 74th Festival de Cannes:

In Competition

Palme d’Or

Titane (dir. Julia Ducournau)

Grand Prix

A Hero (dir. Asgar Farhadi)

Compartment No. 6 (dir. Juho Kuosmanen)

Jury Prize

Ahed’s Knee (dir. Nadav Lapid)

Memoria (dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul)

Best Director

Leos Carax (Annette)

Best Actor

Caleb Landry-Jones (Nitram)

Best Actress

Renate Reinsve (The Worst Person in the World)

Best Screenplay

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe (Drive My Car)

Honorary Palme d’Or

Marco Bellocchio

Camera d’Or

Murina (dir. Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic)

Un Certain Regard

Unclenching the Fists (dir. Kira Kovalenko)

Un Certain Regard – Jury Prize

Great Freedom (dir. Sebastian Meise)

Un Certain Regard – Ensemble Prize

Bonne Mère (dir. Hafsia Herzi)

Un Certain Regard – Courage Prize

La Civil (dir. Teodora Ana Mihai)

Un Certain Regard – Prize of Originality

Lamb (dir. Valdimar Jóhansson)

Un Certain Regard – Special Mention

Noche de Fuego (dir. Tatiana Huezo)

Semaine de la critique

 Grand Prize

Feathers (dir. Omar El Zohairy)

Louis Roederer Foundation Rising Star Award

Sandra Melissa Torres (Amparo, dir. Simón Mesa Soto)

Leitz Cine Discovery Prize for short film

Duo Li (r. Zou Jing)

Awards given by partners

Gan Foundation Award for Distribution

Condor, French distributor of Rien à foutre (dir. Julie Lecoustre & Emmanuel Marre)



Elie Grappe and Raphaëlle Desplechin (Olga)

Canal+ Award for short film

Brutalia, Days of Labour (dir. Manolis Mavris)

Quinzaine de realisateurs

Europa Cinemas Label award for best European Film

A Chiara (dir. Jonas Carpignano)

SACD Prize for best French-language feature

Les Magnétiques (dir. Vincent Maël Cardona)

Fipresci: Competition

Drive My Car (dir. Ryusuke Hamaguchi)

Fipresci: Un Certain Regard

Playground (dir. Laura Wandel)

Fipresci: Directors Fortnight Or Critics’ Week

Feathers (dir. Omar El Zohairi)

Prize Of The Ecumenical Jury

Drive My Car (dir. Ryusuke Hamaguchi)


First Prize

The Salamander Child (dir. Théo Degen, INSAS, Belgium)

Second Prize

CICADA (dir. Yoon Daewoen, Korea National University of Arts, South Korea)

Joint Third Prize

Love Stories on the Move (dir. Carina-Gabriela Dașoveanu, UNATC, Romania)

Cantareira (dir. Rodrigo Ribeyro, Academia Internacional de Cinema, Brazil)

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