The premiere of Spike Lee’s new crime comedy-drama, BlacKkKlansman stole the thunder at Cannes film festival after receiving a ten minute standing ovation.
Lee was famously overlooked for the Palme d’Or in 1989 for ‘Do the Right Thing.’ However his long-awaited return has been greeted by overwhelming positivity.
The audience reportedly broke out into applause a half-dozen times during the film itself, followed by four minutes of applause during the credits and a six-minute standing ovation.
The film, which is produced by Get Out’s Jordan Peele, stars John David Washington, Adam Driver and Topher Grace in the lead will centre on Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer who infiltrates his local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970’s.
It’s based on Stallworth’s very own biography Black Klansman.
BlacKkKlansman‘s release will coincide with with the one-year anniversary of the Charlottesville riots which saw one woman die after a car drove into a crowd during a clash between white nationalists and anti-fascist protestors. The film’s emotional finale is said to feature actual footage from the riots.
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