Julia Ducournau’s second feature film is the fourth most successful of a film banned under 16 for ten years.
Forbidden to under 16s, released in theaters just before the introduction of the health pass, Titanium, winner of the 2021 Palme d’Or, 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 spectators in French cinemas (CBO Box-Office figures). The results of the Palmes d’Or in cinemas 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 gold palm, Dheepan by Jacques Audiard in 2015, attracted 660,000 spectators in the hall.
A good start in the United States
Distributors also welcomed the debut of Titanium in American theaters, where it was released last Friday, assuring that there had made the “biggest start for a French film” for fifteen years. Genre film, Titanium 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.
For Julia Ducournau, these 300,000 admissions are a clear improvement compared to her first film Serious, released in 2016. Despite a warm welcome from the press and the public, the film did not exceed the threshold of 150,000 spectators in theaters.