Spike Lee lashes out at Trump at Cannes



BlacKkKlansmen is based on the true story of an African-American police detective who goes undercover in order to infiltrate far-right white supremacist organisation Ku Klux Klan by posing as the Grand Wizard David Duke (the man who is real and alive).

Lee's comments about Heyer and the Charlottesville formed the start of what turned into a five-minute monologue, during which he discussed Donald Trump - "I'm not gonna say his fucking name" - and hatred, both in the United States and around the world.

Speaking at a press conference for BlacKkKlansman at the Cannes film festival, Lee said that the film was already completed when he first witnessed news of the events from Charlottesville, but knew the footage needed to appear in the film "right away" and asked the permission of Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, to use the footage. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a risky mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. "And we have to wake up", said Lee. This looks like one of Spike Lee's best films in years. We're not Black, white and brown, it's everybody. "We all live on this planet, and this guy in the White House has the nuclear code".

The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy called the film, "Spike Lee's most flat-out entertaining film in quite a long time, as well as his most commercial".

Variety's Peter Debruge said, "Lee's latest is as much a compelling black empowerment story as it is an electrifying commentary on the problems of African-American representation across more than a century of cinema".

He described the film as a wake-up call because the "fake has been trumpeted as the truth".

From visionary filmmaker, Spike Lee comes the first trailer for his BlacKkKlansman An unflinching, true-life examination of race relations in 1970s America which could be set in today's world.

"That's what this film is about and I know in my heart, I don't care what the critics say or anybody else, we are on the right side of history with this film".

"I go to bed every night thinking about it", Lee said, looking genuinely anxious.

The film is produced by the team behind the Academy-Award winning Get Out, meaning this is an absolute must-see when it's released on 10 August.

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