US director Spike Lee will serve as jury president of the 2020 Cannes Film Festival, which will run this year from May 12-May 23.
“When I got the call that I was offered the opportunity to be president of Cannes Jury for 2020, I was shocked, happy, surprised and proud all at the same time,” said Lee.
”I’m honored to be the first person of the African diaspora (USA) to be named president of the Cannes Jury and of a main film festival.”
Lee becomes the first black jury president in the history of the festival, although Mauritanian-born Malian director Abderrahmane Sissako presided over the Un Certain Regard jury in 2003.
Brooklyn-raised director, screenwriter, actor, editor and producer Lee, 62, has shown seven works in Cannes over his career. He first hit the Croisette in 1986 with his debut feature She’s Gotta Have It, which premiered in parallel section Directors’ Fortnight, winning the Prix du Jeunesse….