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Entertainment Spike Lee makes history as the first black Cannes Film Festival jury president

23:00  14 january  2020
23:00  14 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

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U.S. director Spike Lee has been selected to lead the 2020 Cannes Film Festival jury , making him the first black filmmaker to ever fill the role. His role as president of the jury requires him to oversee the official selection competition at the 73rd edition of the festival .

"I'm honored to be the first person of the African diaspora to be named President of the Cannes jury ," Lee said in a statement.

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U.S. director Spike Lee has been selected to lead the 2020 Cannes Film Festival jury, making him the first black filmmaker to ever fill the role.

His role as president of the jury requires him to oversee the official selection competition at the 73rd edition of the festival. He will also be awarded the festival's highest prize, the Palme d'Or, for lifetime achievement.

Lee's appointment announcement comes nearly a year after winning his first competitive Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for "BlacKkKlansman" in 2019. He also took home the Cannes’ Grand Prix in 2019.

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Director Spike Lee announces he will serve as jury president at the 73rd annual Cannes Film Festival and acknowledge it as an historic move. But this jury president news is particularly major because Lee is now the first African - American to to preside over the Cannes jury as well as the

Spike Lee said the Cannes Film Festival “changed the trajectory of who I became in world cinema Lee will be the first person of African heritage to lead the jury in the festival ’s 73-year history . The director made headlines at the festival not just for the movie, but for a furious, expletive-filled news

"I'm honoured to be the first person of the African diaspora (USA) to be named president of the Cannes jury and of a main film festival. To me, the Cannes film festival (besides being the most important film festival in the world - no disrespect to anybody) has had a great impact on my film career," Lee said in an official statement. "You could easily say Cannes changed the trajectory of who I became in world cinema," he continued.

The filmmaker succeeds Alejandro G. Iñárritu, whose Jury awarded the Palme d'or to Korean director Bong Joon-ho's "Parasite" in 2019. The 73rd Festival de Cannes will take place from Tuesday, May 12 to Saturday, May 23 2020.

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