‘BlacKkKlansman’ Gets Standing Ovation at Cannes Film Festival for Spike Lee – Variety

Spike Lee at 2018 Canne Film Festival (Photo by IAN LANGSDON/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

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Director Spike Lee received a six-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival after the Monday night premiere of his new drama “BlacKkKlansman.” The movie, which tells the true story of an undercover African-American detective (John David Washington) and his Jewish partner (Adam Driver) who team up to infiltrate Klu Klux Klan in 1979, is incredibly timely. It even ends with footage of Donald Trump refusing to condemn the actions of white nationalists during the deadly 2017 Charlottesville riot.

There are a lot of digs at the current president throughout ““BlacKkKlansman” — one KKK member talks about embracing an “America first” policy and the film makes parallels between the rise of Trump and the political ambitions of former Grand Wizard David Duke.

Lee walked the red carpet wearing brass knuckles from “Do the Right Thing,” which said “love” on one hand and “hate” on the other. He was joined by cast members Washington, Driver, Damaris Lewis, Jasper Paakkonen, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace, and Corey Hawkins.

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3 thoughts on “‘BlacKkKlansman’ Gets Standing Ovation at Cannes Film Festival for Spike Lee – Variety”

  1. You know Spike Lee has a masterclass coming up in a few months for filmmaking? I pre-registered (hee hee). I think he’s not afraid to stick to his guns and throw things out there for the public to ponder, and I’m sure this was interesting as hell to see. I still am amazed when I watch his documentary series “When the Levees Broke.” Still makes me cry.

  2. Spike Lee is an authentic artistic voice for younger people, especially younger African Americans, intelligently trying to rid the world of old demons like white racism, political oppression, misogyny and sexism, economic and cultural poverty and deprivation. His films are worth more than the efforts of a thousand fake artists attempting to deceive their generational brothers and sisters. – Dr. Al Fraser

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