Two years after BlacKkKlansman debuted on the Croisette, Spike Lee is heading back to Cannes Film Festival to serve as jury president. The 62 year-old U.S. filmmaker will award the Palme dO’r at the close of the 73rd edition, which will take place from 12-23 May, 2020. Jury members will be announced in mid-April.”
In the role, Lee succeeds Alejandro G. Iñárritu, whose jury awarded the Palme d’Or to Bong Joon-ho’s multi-Oscar nominee Parasite.
Cannes President Pierre Lescure and festival head Thierry Frémaux said, “Spike Lee’s perspective is more valuable than ever. 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!”
Movies from last year`s festival, including Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Parasite, Pain And Glory, For Sama and Les Miserables, have garnered 20 Oscar nominations.