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Spike Lee becomes first black Cannes jury head

Spike Lee becomes first black Cannes jury head
Spike Lee said the festival had had a "great impact" on his career

Spike Lee has made history by becoming the first black filmmaker to preside over the Cannes film festival jury.

The Malcolm X and Do the Right Thing director said he was "shocked, happy, surprised and proud".

Lee has premiered seven films at the festival, with his 2018 movie BlacKkKlansman receiving wide acclaim.

His appointment follows said Lee's work had "brought the questions and contentious issues of the times to contemporary cinema" and acknowledged that many of his films had achieved cult status.

"Spike Lee's perspective is more valuable than ever. Cannes is a natural homeland and a global sounding board for those who (re)awaken minds and question our stances and fixed ideas," it added.

"Lee's flamboyant personality is sure to shake things up. What kind of president of the jury will he be? Find out in Cannes!"

Career impact

Spike Lee was also awarded with an honorary Oscar in 2015 but he got his first competitive win last year

Lee will also be awarded an honorary Palme d'Or for lifetime achievement.

He succeeds director Alejandro G Inarritu, whose jury in 2019 or on Twitter . If you have a story suggestion email .

14 January 2020, 16:00