American filmmaker Spike Lee appointed president of the 74th Cannes Film Festival's jury

Mona Sheded, Thursday 18 Mar 2021

The Cannes Film Festival will take place between 6 and 17 July 2021

Spike Lee
(Photo: Courtesy of the Cannes film Festival)

Cannes Film Festival announced that renowned American filmmaker Spike Lee will be the president of the jury of its 74th edition, which will be held this year from 6 to 17July, 2021.

Spike Lee was supposed to be the president of the jury for last year’s edition, before it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The festival noted in a press release that Spike Lee is loyal to his commitments and promised to support the festival on its return to the Croisette.

Lee is considered one of the greatest directors of his generation, as well as screenwriters, actors, editors, and producers.

For 30 years, the tireless Spike Lee has been an astute chronicler of the questionings of his time, with a resolutely contemporary approach that’s never without a dash of levity and entertainment.

“Throughout the months of uncertainty we’ve just been through, Spike Lee has never stopped encouraging us. This support is finally coming to fruition and we could not have hoped for a more powerful personality to chart our troubled times,” says Pierre Lescure, president of the festival, in the press release.

“His enthusiasm and passion for cinema has given us a huge boost of energy to prepare the great festival that everybody has been waiting for. The party will be great, we simply can’t wait!” says general delegate Thierry Frémaux in the press release.

Spike Lee said in a phone call with Frémaux that he has a special place in his heart for France and the Cannes film festival, because his first film, titled ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ was screened during the festival in 1986 and it introduced him to international cinema.

The 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival was delayed this year to be held in July instead of the festival’s usual date in May every year due to the pandemic.

The Official Selection and jury members will be unveiled in early June.

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