Wednesday, May 29, 2024

2018 Cannes Film Festival: Spike Lee Will Be the Most Important American Director This Year

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It seems appropriate that in 2018, with black directors emerging big time, the biggest and most important American director in Cannes will be Spike Lee. He’s the original, and the trail blazer, for Ryan Coogler, Ava DuVernay and so many others.

Lee’s “Blackkklansman” is the true story of a black cop who infiltrated the KKK and became the leader of their pack. Denzel Washington’s actor son, John David Washington, plays Ron Stallworth. Other actors in this big movie are Adam Driver, Topher Grace, and Corey Hawkins.

“Blackkklansman” comes from Focus Features and Blumhouse. It’s set for release on August 10th.

The other big American movie so far in competition is David Robert Mitchell’s “Under the Silver Lake” starring Andrew Garfield and Riley Keough. Garfield obviously will not be in Cannes as he’s on Broadway and very occupied with “Angels in America.” Riley Keough, daughter of Lisa Marie Presley, granddaughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, is making a big name for herself as a fine actress and budding movie star. “Silver Lake” also stars Topher Grace, who doesn’t seem to work much but is now in two Cannes competition films. Good for him!

There will be more Cannes announcements soon.

OPENING NIGHT FILM
Everybody Knows, dir: Asghar Farhadi

COMPETITION
Le Livre D’Image, dir: Jean-Luc Godard
Blackkklansman, dir: Spike Lee
Three Faces, dir: Jafar Panahi
Cold War, dir: Pawel Pawlikowski
Leto, dir: Kirill Serebrennikov
Lazzaro Felice, dir: Alice Rohrwacher
Under The Silver Lake, dir: David Robert Mitchell
Capernaum, dir: Nadine Labaki
At War, dir: Stephane Brizé
Asako I&II, dir: Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Sorry Angel, dir: Christophe Honoré
Dogman, dir: Matteo Garrone
Girls Of The Sun, dir: Eva Husson
Yomeddine, dir: A.B Shawky
Burning, dir: Lee-Chang Dong
Shoplifters, dir: Kore-Eda Hirokazu
Ash Is Purest White, dir: Jia Zhang-Ke

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

Dead Souls, Wang Bing
10 Years In Thailand, dirs: Aditya Assarat, Wisit Sasanatieng, Chulayarnon Sriphol & Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Pope Francis – A Man Of His Word, dir: Wim Wenders
La Traversée, dir: Romain Goupil
To The Four Winds, dir: Michel Toesca
Le Grand Cirque Mystique, dir: Carlos Diegues
The State Against Mandela And The Others, dirs: Nicolas Champeaux & Gilles Porte

MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS
Arctic, dir: Joe Penna
The Spy Gone North, dir: Yoon Jong-Bing

OUT OF COMPETITION

Le Grand Bain, dir: Gilles Lellouche
Solo: A Star Wars Story, dir: Ron Howard

UN CERTAIN REGARD
Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Bi Gan
Little Tickles, dir: Andréa Bescond & Eric Métayer
Sofia, dir: Meyem Benm’Barek
Border, dir: Ali Abbasi
Sextape, dir: Antoine Desrosières
The Gentle Indifference Of The World, dir: Adilkhan Yerzhanov
El Angel, dir: Luis Ortega
In My Room, dir: Ulrich Kohler
The Harvesters, dir: Etienne Kallos
My Favorite Fabric, dir: Gaya Jiji
Friend, dir: Wanuri Kahiu
Euphoria, dir: Valeria Golino
Angel Face, dir: Vanessa Filho
Girl, dir: Lukas Dhont
Manto, dir: Nandita Das

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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