In a Tweeter post on Tuesday announcing the selection of Lee to the post, Cannes Film Festival said Lee’s “personality is sure to shake things up”.
Welcome to Spike Lee as President of the Jury of the 73rd Festival de Cannes! Cannes is a natural homeland for those who (re)awaken minds. Lee's flamboyant personality is sure to shake things up. What kind of President will he be? Find out in Cannes! https://t.co/Rezlrl1sOB pic.twitter.com/bt28zF4QO0
— Festival de Cannes (@Festival_Cannes) January 14, 2020
Lee premiered his first film, She’s Gotta Have It, at Cannes in 1986, for which he won a youth award. He has premiered six other films since then and credits much of his success to the festival. “To me the Cannes Film Festival has had a great impact on my film career. You could easily say Cannes changed the trajectory of who I became in world cinema,” he told the press.
Lee has directed many highly acclaimed films over the years including, Do the Right Thing, School Daze, Mo’ Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Malcolm X, 4 Little Girls, Get on the Bus, He Got Game, Summer of Sam, Bamboozled, Inside Man, and The Original Kings of Comedy.
In addition to his presidential nomination, Spike Lee will also receive a Palme d’Or at this years festival, a lifetime achievement award. This year’s festival is scheduled for May on the French Riviera and as always, is closed to the public.
Submissions are still being accepted at www.festival-cannes.com