Cannes Jury President Spike Lee Reacts To Festival Post Ponement (EXCLUSIVE)

Over the last 73 years, the Cannes Movie Festival has frequently been billed as the world’s greatest and most glamorous event of the films. This year, it was poised to make history.

Director and activist Spike Lee had actually been picked as the very first black president of the festival’s jury.

But on Thursday, after weeks of speculation as the coronavirus spreads out around the world, the celebration announced that this year’s Cannes had actually been postponed from its scheduled dates of May 12 to23 Thierry Fremaux, the celebration’s director, is now scrambling to see if he can reschedule Cannes for a later window, potentially in June or July.

” I agree 100%with Thierry and the Cannes Movie Celebration,” Lee stated in an interview with Range soon after the statement. “The world has altered and it’s altering every day. People are dying and France’s president has actually said, a number of times– I’m paraphrasing– ‘We are at war.’ We remain in a war-like time.”

Lee continued, “The things that we love has to take a back seat: motion pictures, TELEVISION, sports, the NBA is a global sport, baseball. Many things have actually been held off, and I agree with this relocation.”

If the celebration handles to move to another date, Lee said he ‘d make himself offered to take on his role as jury president. “Let’s not forget this is the world’s greatest film festival, the world’s biggest phase for movie theater and I’ll be the first black president of the jury,” he stated.

Lee, who resides in Brooklyn, stated he’s invested the last few days with his family. “We’re doing whatever everyone else is trying to do– come together, enjoy each other and simply attempt to ride it out,” he stated, as he regreted the absence of screening readily available to the general public. “Individuals are being laid off. People are being fired. Individuals do not know where their next check is going to originate from, how they are visiting their children. When the schools close, who is going to take care of their kids? This shit is insane. This shit is bananas.”

The popular Democrat, who has actually been an outspoken critic of Donald Trump, has actually been seeing the president’s everyday press conferences. “I would like to say this: I want he would stop saying ‘the Chinese infection,'” Lee stated of Trump.

” He’s putting Asian Americans in this nation in risk,” Lee stated. “Stop stating Chinese infection. There’s no one around him to state, ‘You can’t say this anymore’? That isn’t helping at all. Ideally his base will comprehend. You simply can’t state that.”


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