Festival de Cannes 2020 : Spike Lee will be the chairman of the jury

The month of may always has a special resonance in our borders. The cinema, the beautiful, the vibrant, the activist will be honored for the 73rd time on the Côte d’azur on the occasion of the international film Festival of Cannes. If one still knows very little about this event five stars, which will take place from may 12 to may 23, 2020 at the Palais des festivals, the name of the president of the jury has just fallen. This is the genial film director Spike Lee, recently awarded the next Oscar for his film BlackkKlansman : I’ve infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan (he received the Oscar for the best adapted screenplay with David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel and Kevin Willmott).

This decision is bound to be enjoyable… although it has been slow to make themselves known. In seventy-three years of existence, the Cannes film Festival had never chosen a black man to chaired over the jury of the Palme d’or. Previously, Alejandro González Ińárritu, Cate Blanchett golden Pedro Almodóvar had held the position. As for the other ceremonies, they are regularly pinned to the lack of diversity that they present to the public. “Cannes is a land of hospitality and natural sounding world for those who (r) awaken the minds and question each one in its postures and beliefs, “write Pierre Lescure, the president of the festival, and Thierry Frémaux, the delegate general, in a press release. The flamboyant personality of Spike Lee promised a lot.

I am not in the income, I was both pleased and surprised, and proud

The director 62 years of age has not frankly hesitated before saying “yes“. Because the Cannes film Festival has particular significance to him. In 1986, it was there that he presented his first feature film, Nola Darling does her head, to the Fortnight – awarded by the prize of the youth adapted into a series for Netflix in 2017. In all, he has presented seven works on the Croisette and was awarded the Grand prix in 2018, precisely in order to BlackkKlansman, ode-racist as funny as beautiful and tragic. “When I was called to become the president of the jury, I am not in the income, I was both pleased and surprised, and proud, “he says. Cannes has shaped my trajectory in the film world.

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