Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

First Trailer for Spike Lee's True Story Dark Comedy 'BlacKkKlansman'

First Trailer for Spike Lee's True Story Dark Comedy 'BlacKkKlansman'

Spike Lee wrote the screenplay and directed BlacKkKlansman.

Spike Lee has another big hit on his hands after his new film BlacKkKlansman landed the biggest standing ovation from critics at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday (14May18).

Lee's comments about Heyer and the Charlottesville formed the start of what turned into a five-minute monologue, during which he discussed Donald Trump - "I'm not gonna say his fucking name" - and hatred, both in the United States and around the world. The film is produced by Get Out's Jordan Peele and Focus Features will release the film in August, the one-year anniversary of Charlottesville's white supremacy rally.

Though set in the '70s, Lee said it was "our job as filmmakers and storytellers...to connect this period piece to the present day". "The United States of America was built on the genocide of native people and slavery", he said.

He added, "What's happening did not just pop up out of thin air".

The director told a press conference on Tuesday that he had asked Heyer's mother for permission to use the footage to show that white supremacy is still alive and well almost 50 years after his movie was set.

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BlacKkKlansman has earned critical praise across the board and it is being celebrated as one of Lee's finest works.

"We have to wake up". "And we can't be silent".

Stallworth also finds himself so accepted that he ends up having phone conversations with Grand Wizard David Duke, played by Topher Grace, who doesn't suspect at all that he is actually conversing with an African-American.

In an expletive-ridden monologue at the Cannes Film Festival, Lee told reporters that following the events in Charlottesville, Mr Trump had the opportunity to denounce the Ku Klux Klan and the alt-right. I haven't been this excited for a Spike Lee joint in years.

"I believe in hope, but I'm not blind or deaf", he said. "Please excuse me for some profane words but the s- that's going on, it makes you want to curse". "Too many people walking around in a daze".

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