Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Spike Lee To Become First Black Jury Head At Cannes Film Festival

Spike Lee will head the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in July, organisers said Tuesday, making him the first black person to take on the role.

TheGuardian

The American film-maker was supposed to perform the function at last year’s event, but it was cancelled due to the pandemic.

With Covid-19 still circulating at high levels in France, and the country making slow progress in its vaccination campaign, doubts remain over whether this year’s edition will go ahead as planned from July 6 to 17, having already been delayed from its usual slot in May.

It would be the biggest get-together for the global industry in more than a year, with most other festivals either cancelled or relegated to online versions in recent months.

Lee, 63, has been a fixture at Cannes over the years, premiering seven of his films there and winning the second-place Grand Prix in 2018 for “BlacKkKlansman” about a black police officer infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan.

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