(AFP) – Forbidden to under 16s, released in theaters just before the introduction of the health pass, “Titane”, winner of the Palme d’Or 2021, has nevertheless attracted more than 300,000 spectators in France since its release, its distributors said on Tuesday.
“Since 2011, only three films prohibited to under 16s have been able to exceed this score,” they add. The film was released in theaters on July 14, 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 approached 1.9 million viewers in French cinemas (CBO figures Box Office).
The results of the Palme d’Or in theaters are very mixed: the previous record dates 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.
Distributors also welcomed the debut of “Titanium” in American theaters, where it was released last Friday, assuring 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 quest for fatherhood. It features a bluffing newcomer, Agathe Rousselle, and French actor Vincent Lindon, as a firefighter on steroids.