After a year and a half of feeling like we’re all living in a horror movie, it seems that folks have become acclimated to a little terror. This weekend, the Cannes Film Festival concluded by awarding its top prize, the Palme d’Or, to Titane, a highly unusual body horror pic from Julia Ducournau, director of the 2016 cannibal thriller Raw.
Ducournau became only the second female director in Cannes history to earn the Palme d’Or… and the first to not have to share it. The film’s marketing was so mysterious that the only description offered of it before release was: “Titane: A metal highly resistant to heat and corrosion, with high tensile strength alloys.” Sci-fi visions of a little girl fresh from surgery in which a titanium plate is put in her head after a car accident lead us into this nocturnal world of high voltage sex and violence.
If that’s not spooky enough for you, a trailer brimming with neon fishnets, naked bodies in mirrors, and closeups of cars that are a little too sensual for comfort should do the trick.
A U.S. release date has not yet been announced, but keep an eye out for this tantalizing newcomer. We’ve come a long way from Emily in Paris.