Spike Lee to Lead Cannes Film Festival Jury

Director and activist Spike Lee will serve as jury president of the 73rd edition of the Cannes Film Festival.

Lee succeeds Alejandro G.

Iñárritu, whose 2019 jury awarded the Palme d’Or to Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite,” which won a Golden Globe and was just nominated for six Oscars.The Brooklyn-based director has had a strong relationship with Cannes dating back to the 1980s with “She’s Gotta Have It” and “Do the Right Thing,” which marked his first film playing in competition.

His latest movie, “BlacKkKlansman,” competed at the festival in 2018 and won the Grand Prix.

Weaving together comedic elements with a detective thriller and political saga, the critically acclaimed movie went on to earn Lee an Oscar nomination for best director, along with a flurry of awards.“To me, the Cannes Film Festival (besides being the most important film festival in the world — no disrespect to anybody

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