Spike Lee to Lead Jury for 74th Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival

Spike Lee is set to preside over the 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, which is expected to take place July 6-17. The director and activist will be the first Black president of the festival’s jury.

Lee was on track to preside over last year’s festival which was canceled due to the pandemic, and had vowed to return to the French Rivera-set festival if the health situation allowed for it. Lee was also supposed to have his film “Da 5 Bloods” play out of competition last year, marking Netflix’s return to the Official Selection.

Several of Lee’s films — including “She’s Gotta Have It” (1986), “Do the Right Thing” (1989) and “BlacKkKlansman” (2018) — have premiered in Cannes.

In a video call (featured above) with Cannes’ general delegate Thierry Fremaux, Lee said he will always have a “deep, deep spot for Cannes in (his) heart.”

“Way back in 1986, my very first film “She’s Gotta Have It” played there and it was my introduction to the world of cinema,” said Lee, adding that he also have a “special place in (his) heart for Paris, for France.”

“It’s going to be magnifique! (…) Book my flight now, my wife and I are coming!,” said Lee.

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SOURCE: Variety, Elsa Keslassy