Spike Lee to Lead 2020 Cannes Film Festival as Jury President


Oscar-winning filmmaker Spike Lee will be heading the 2020 Cannes Film Festival Jury as President. According to Variety, Lee has been appointed to head the jury awards, a spot he succeeds from last year’s president, Alejandro G. Iñárritu.

From the article:

“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. You could easily say Cannes changed the trajectory of who I became in world cinema,” said Lee.

“In this life I have lived…my biggest blessings have been when they arrived unexpected, when they happened out of nowhere,” added the filmmaker, who said that he was “shocked, happy, surprised and proud all at the same time.”


“Cannes is a natural homeland and a global sounding board for those who (re)awaken minds and question our stances and fixed ideas. Lee’s flamboyant personality is sure to shake things up. What kind of president of the jury will he be? Find out in Cannes!” said Cannes president Pierre Lescure and festival director Thierry Frémaux.

Spike Lee (left) directing actor Adam Driver (right) in “BlacKkKlansman”

Lee has some history with Cannes. His two early features, “She’s Gotta Have It” and “Do the Right Thing” both screened at the prestigious festival. His most recent, the Oscar nominated 2018 feature “BlacKkKlansman,” premiered at Cannes, winning the Grand Prix award and earning five Academy Award nominations and a win for Best Adapted Screenplay. His other films include “Malcolm X,” Jungle Fever,” “Chi-Raq,” “25th Hour” and “Summer of Sam.”

Last year’s festival, led by awards jury president Alejandro G. Iñárritu, crowned Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” with the Palme d’Or honor. The film now rests on a total six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.

The 2020 Cannes Film Festival takes place May 12-23.

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