UPDATED 05/21/18 12:29 PST: BlacKkKlansman won the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival with jury leader Cate Blanchette crediting its portrayal of “an American crisis” as the onus for its win.
“Obviously, this is an international film festival. We talked a lot about when a film transcends the limitations of its culture. Spike has made a film that is quintessentially about an American crisis and yet all of us felt connected to it. That, we felt, really elevated its importance even more.” – Cate Blanchett
Ava DuVernay, producer and director of 13th and fellow jury member, said:
“As an African American filmmaker, I was completely taken by the film. I’ve imbibed every film he’s ever made. It was startling and stunning. But when I walked into the jury room, I decided to listen to my jury members. It was a robust dialogue…emotion and energy from these artists from all over the world.”
Filmmaker Spike Lee received an incredible standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival for his most recent film, BlackKkKlansman.
The film follows the story of Ron Stallworth, a black police officer in Colorado Springs who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the late 1970s.
It will be released on August 10, the one-year anniversary of the white nationalist, Neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The film is based off of a true story.