The organizers of the Cannes Film Festival have announced the president of the jury for the 74th edition, and it is none other than the great director Spike Lee.
He had already been approached for the role for the 2020 edition but this was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Loyal to his commitments, the American director promised to support the festival on its return to the Croisette”, the Cannes festival said in a statement.
They added that, “Prevented last year due to the health crisis, the Festival de Cannes inaugurates this new decade with an outstanding president of the jury, one of the greatest directors of his generation, as well as a screenwriter, actor, editor, and producer.
For 30 years, the tireless Spike Lee has been an astute chronicler of the questionnings of his time, with a resolutely contemporary approach that’s never without a dash of levity and entertainment”.
Preparations for the festival – which this year will run from July 6-17, a few weeks later than the usual dates in May – are currently in full swing. However, we will not know the names of the other jury members until early June.
Spike Lee, whose film Da 5 Blood is up for the Oscars, will succeed Mexican director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, whose jury awarded the Palme d’Or to Bong Joon-ho for his famous film Parasite in 2019.