Spike Lee receives standing ovation for “BlacKkKlansman” in triumphant return to Cannes
Spike Lee made a triumphant return to Cannes after his infamous snubbing for the Palme d’Or in 1989 for his now classic film Do The Right Thing. The filmmaker receiving a thunderous round of applause after screening his newest film BlacKkKlansman, which reportedly lasted for around eight minutes.
BlacKkKlansman is a retelling of a true story set in the early 1970’s about Black Colorado Springs detective Ron Stallworth (portrayed by John David Washington) who infiltrated the KKK by initially becoming phone pals with David Duke (portrayed by Topher Grace).
True to Spike Lee’s style, he makes no attempts to rein in his political views in the film, drawing clear lines from David Duke to the election of Trump and having the Klan chant America First as well as splicing in actual footage from the deadly “Unite The Right” Charlottesville, VA rally in 2017.
John David Washington has drawn praise from critics for his performance as Ron Stallworth and the film has already been alternately lauded and derided by critics, which tells me that this is a true Spike Lee Joint.
In addition to the screening and trailer premiere, Spike Lee called for the world to “wake up” to Trump during his presser after the screening, repeatedly calling President Orange a “motherfucker” and stating, “This right-wing shit is happening all over the world… We have to wake up and we can’t be silent.”
BlacKkKlansman was co-produced by Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions, and its national release on August 10th will coincide with the anniversary of the Charlottesville rally. It is expected to become Lee’s biggest film in years and is sure to ignite plenty of discussion.
Check out the trailer of the film below!
— Spike Lee (@SpikeLee) May 14, 2018