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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.
U.S. directorhas 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,the Palme d'or to Korean director "Parasite" in 2019. The 73rd Festival de Cannes will take place from Tuesday, May 12 to Saturday, May 23 2020.
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Spike Lee has made history by becoming the first black filmmaker to preside over the Cannes film festival jury . The Malcolm X and Do the Right Thing director said he In 2018, Cate Blanchett, the then Cannes jury president , called for gender parity at the Cannes Film Festival , saying she would
Spike Lee has been named president of the jury for the 2020 Cannes Film Festival , making him the first black director to lead the panel. This comes amid criticism that film competitions and awards lack diversity. Cannes Film Festival directors are aiming to "shake things" up with the choice of US
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The day after the announcement of the nominees for the Oscars 2020, it is the Cannes Film Festival's turn to announce the name of the president of the jury for the 2020 edition. this year, an american director was chosen, becoming the first black man to occupy this position. No Stop People tells you more.
If the list of Oscars 2020 is likely to make a lot of talk for its lack of diversity, the Cannes Film Festival has decided to strike a blow for its 2020 edition. A year after Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, the American director Spike Lee was chosen as the next president of the jury. Two years after having returned to the Croisette with his film "BlacKKKlansman",Spike Lee next president of the Cannes Film Festival , becoming by the way the first black man to occupy this position: "The look of Spike Lee is more precious than ever. Cannes is a natural land of welcome and a world sounding board for those who (r) awaken the spirits and question each in his postures and his convictions. The flamboyant personality of Spike Lee promises a lot ", confided in a press release Pierre Lescure, president of the festival, and Thierry Frémaux, general delegate.
A fervent defender of the black cause and of minorities, Spike Lee has never ceased to denounce racism in his films. He also presented a total of seven of his films at the Cannes Film Festival throughout his career: "When I was called to be president of the jury, I did not come back. I was both happy , surprised and proud. The Cannes Film Festival, apart from being the biggest film festival in the world, without insulting others, has had a huge impact on my filmmaking career. Cannes has shaped my trajectory in world cinema " , reacted the American director in a press release. Spike Lee will therefore have the heavy task with his jury to choose the film which will succeed Bong Joon-ho's "Parasite", Cannes Film Festival 2019 Palme d'Or.
The American filmmaker Spike Lee will chair the Jury of the 73rd Cannes Festival! Cannes is a land of welcome for those who (r) awaken the spirits and the flamboyant personality of Spike Lee promises a lot. Which President will he be? See you in Cannes!- Festival de Cannes (@Festival_Cannes)
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