French Giulia Ducourneau is the second woman to win the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for Titan, Saturday night.
Jury Chairman Spike Lee accidentally announced her the winner at the start of the awards ceremony, taking the organizers by surprise.
He was to announce the award for Best Actress.
Before Ducurnau, the only woman to be crowned in the history of the festival was Jane Campion 28 years ago.
Ducourneau’s film “Titan” is a violent film about the journey of a young woman, Aget Roussel. As a child, she almost died in a car accident, but survives only with a titanium plate in her head.
She has sex with cars and kills men with a hair clip.
While on the run from murder, she meets a firefighter played by Vincent Lyndon, and together they believe they can help each other with a list of problems they both have.
Other winners on Saturday included American Caleb Landry Jones, who won the Best Actor award in Nitram, in which he plays a borderline young man who is about to commit one of the worst murders in Australian history.
Norwegian actress Renate Reinswe won the Best Actress award in Joachim Trier’s Julie in 12 Chapters, in which she plays a young woman in search of herself.