The Cannes Festival, which was supposed to start today, hopes that American director Spike Lee will chair the 2021 jury in place of this year’s canceled session.
“Spike to me is great,” festival president Pierre L’Escore told the newspaper Le Figaro. He told us that he is ready to head the jury in 2021. ”
“Spike told us that he will stay on the date no matter what happens,” Thierry Frémaux, delegate of the festival, told the British website “Secreteli.com”. We hope to be able to do that next year. ”
The famous American cinematographer was also supposed to present, outside the official competition, a film that he made with Netflix, entitled “Da 5 Blades”, as Fremo explained, indicating that this surprise would record Netflix’s return to the red carpet outside the framework of the official competition.
The world’s largest film festival has complicated relationships with the streaming technology streaming platform, and no Netflix movie has been included in the official competition since 2017. Two films participated in the competition in 2017, one of which was “Okja” by South Korean director Pong Joon – winning the Palme d’Or in 2019. About Parasite. However, the Festival de Cannes protested against the two films being shown in cinemas.
L’Escore and Fremo said that studying the alternative shapes that the festival might take this year continues with the possibility of cooperation with the Venice Film Festival.