Spike Lee's true-life tale 'BlacKkKlansman' gets rousing ovation at Cannes premiere

"And Ms. Burrows said, 'Spike, I give you permission to put that in'".

"BlacKkKlansman is a nuanced story of race in America, but Lee doesn't take any chances with vagueness or ellipses, nor should he". Here's the film's synopsis: "It's the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department". Stallworth is so good playing white, he ultimately winds up becoming the head of the chapter.

John David Washington stars as the protagonist Ron Stallworth who comes up with the idea and Adam Driver is the white Jewish cop he recruits to help him.

As he's long touched on hot-button issues in his work (notably his 1989 classic Do the Right Thing, which tells a larger story about race relations in the US through the eyes of several Brooklyn residents), Lee said he views his new film as a "wake-up call" to the disturbing realities pervading the culture that inspired it.

Topher Grace, Adam Driver, Spike Lee, John David Washington and Laura Harrier speak at the press conference for "BlacKkKlansman" during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 15, 2018 in Cannes, France.

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The end of the film shows actual footage from Charlottesvillle and other recent racially-charged incidents.

Two days after the event, Trump said the KKK and similar groups were "repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans". "And that motherfucker did not denounce the motherfucking Klan, the alt-right, and those Nazi motherfuckers". The director said the new film's themes are far from restricted to the US. One of the criticsims of Do The Right Thing was that I didn't supply the answer to racisim. "We don't know what's up or down or right or wrong".

Variety, which reported on the extended standing ovation the premiere received, also described BlacKkKlansman as "one of few breakout discoveries" of this year's Cannes Film Festival.

"When Trump could speak on the side of truth and not hate, he chose hate", he said. "He has our back.' It was a green light".

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