The provocative project is vying for the Cannes Film Festival's prestigious Palme d'Or prize, and is up against films such as Everybody Knows, which stars Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, David Robert Mitchell's Under the Silver Lake, as well as Jean-Luc Godard's The Image Book.
Actors Laura Harrier, from left, Topher Grace, and director Spike Lee pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film "BlacKkKlansman" at the 71st global film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 14, 2018.
BlacKkKlansman recounts the true-life story of Ron Stallworth, a black police officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in 1979.
The fact-based race drama, produced by Jordan Peele and the team behind his hit 2017 film Get Out, also stars Adam Driver playing the role of Stallworth's colleague Flip Zimmerman along with stars Laura Harrier and Topher Grace.
Lee then pivoted to Trump's response to the march, and the President's suggestion that there were "very fine people on both sides" in attendance at Charlottesville. Despite this, Lee said that he wasn't concerned about positive or negative reviews for the film. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a risky mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan.More news: Emergency services remain at scene of Midlands plane crash
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"This film, to me, is a wake-up call because...stuff is happening, and it's topsy-turvy and the fake has been trumpeted as the truth", Lee said, "That's what this film is about".
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Lee's film drew a 10-minute standing ovation following its world premiere. The director said the new film's themes are far from restricted to the US. That is not science fiction, that shit is real. "What the f-k's going on?"
SPIKE LEE'S latest film, BlacKkKlansman, is already impressing critics at Cannes and now film fans can get in on the hype by watching the film's first trailer. It's Denmark's Lars von Trier, who was declared persona non grata by Cannes officials after making numerous bad jokes about Adolph Hitler at a 2011 press conference.
He brags about the slayings to a confidante played by German actor Bruno Ganz, who played Hitler in Downfall - von Trier just can't let that obsession go. "Mission accomplished, but such a tiny achievement". His column usually runs Fridays.