Starts Thu 2 Dec at:
Buckle up for the wildest, queerest car-fetish body-horror fable ever to win the Cannes Palme d’Or.
Alexia loves cars – in a David Cronenberg way. She survives a childhood car crash with a titanium plate in her skull, and this jump-starts a process of murderous becoming that takes her from gyrating on a Cadillac bonnet at a motor show to passing herself off as a macho firefighter’s long-missing son. Now in her 30s, Alexia has developed a hunger: for attention, for affection, for answers to her doubts about life, survival, bodies, belonging. Also, she’s pregnant … with the Cadillac’s baby.
Julia Ducournau follows up 2016’s thrilling cannibal coming-of-age story Raw with an even more transgressive film – one whose philosophical and filmic audacity earned it this year’s Palme d’Or (Julie Ducuornau becomes only the second woman in history to take out cinema’s most prestigious prize). Jaw-droppingly grisly, impishly funny and surprisingly tender, Titane is a stunning, feverishly inventive trip that tests the perverse limits of flesh and family.
A unique and shocking exploration of family, faith and flesh.
“The work of a demented visionary in full command of her wild mind … Ducournau threads the needle between clarity and madness, shock and recognition, throttle and clutch.” – IndieWire
"In her brash, ballsy follow-up to cannibal drama Raw, French director Julia Ducournau spikes body-horror and female revenge thriller genre conventions with themes of queerness and gender-bending. It’s a punky, strangely affecting movie about two royally fucked-up human beings who, despite the odds, share a father-son-like bond." Boyd Van Hoeij
“Hot off extreme-horror cult hit 'Raw,' Julia Ducournau dares to challenge the boundaries of sexuality and taste with this bulletproof, nothing-to-lose body-horror shocker.” Peter Debruge
“Titane is a sensational work of sound and vision to its steely core, from the throaty thrum of an engine to the erotic gleam of polished bodywork.” Catherine Bray
“A Pedal to the Metal Psychosexual Thriller That's Unlike Anything You've Ever Seen. Vin Diesel could learn a thing or two from this film.” Rafael Motamayor
Content advisory: sexual assault, explicit violence, nudity, physical trauma involving pregnancy
French film with English subtitles