Critically acclaimed Hollywood filmmaker of African heritage, Spike Lee has been named the new head of the jury for Cannes Film Festival 2020.
The highly recognized and respected position hasn’t been headed by a black person before in the 73-year history of the festival. Spike Lee’s selection to the spot is seen by many critics as the long-awaited change that has come into fruition. The American film director of top-notched production, including “Do The Right Thing” and “BlacKkKlansman,” welcomed the announcement with open arms and full of excitement for the prospect of the future.
“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. You could easily say Cannes changed the trajectory of who I became in world cinema.” Lee said. He also added that he is “shocked, happy, surprised and proud all at the same time.”
He takes over from last year’s jury head and director of “Birdman,” Alejandro G. Iñárritu. In an official statement to for the appointment of Lee to preside over the jury, Cannes’ president Pierre Lescure and director of Cannes Film Festival, Thierry Frémaux also expressed their optimism in the dynamism that Lee will bring on board for the festival this year. This is in-line with the overall vision set for a holistic betterment of the film industry and providing the best annually.
The official twitter page for Cannes Film Festival also quizzed what kind of president is Lee going to be? based on his flamboyant nature.
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