Spike Lee – Grand Jury Prize Winner at Cannes
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American film director, producer, writer and actor Shelton Jackson ‘Spike’ Lee won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival for his film ‘BlacKkKlansman’. The film was touted as the highest profile American film in competition at Cannes 2018.
“I take this on the behalf of the People’s Republic of Brooklyn, New York,” stated the American director. ‘BlacKkKlansman’ is the true tale of a black police detective, who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan. The film ignited the festival audience for its brilliant portrayal by Lee. The director connected the film to modern day, with real footage from the last year’s violent white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Jury President Cate Blanchett stated at the press conference, “Obviously, this is an international film festival. We talked a lot about when a film transcends the limitations of its culture. Spike has made ‘BlacKkKlansman’, which is quintessentially about an American crisis and yet, all of us felt connected to it. We really felt elevated for its importance even more.”