Cannes 2018: Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman gets 8-minute standing ovation

BLACKkKLANSMAN tells the true story of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), an African-American police officer who, along with his white colleague Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), successfully infiltrates a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. Based on the trailer, it appears Lee has managed to make both a fun and entertaining buddy cop movie and a topical and political film that he's built his career on.

Focus Features has revealed the first trailer for Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman, the real-life buddy cop movie from Jordan Peele's Monkeypaw Productions, QC Entertainment and Blumhouse.

"BlacKkKlansman is a nuanced story of race in America, but Lee doesn't take any chances with vagueness or ellipses, nor should he".

The film ends with footage of last year's Charlottesville Nazi March, the resulting killing of Heather Heyer, and Trump's reaction. And his latest, starring John David Washington, Adam Driver and Topher Grace, received a standing ovation at the festival.

"With the right white man, we can do anything", Stallworth declares.

"Lee will surely be a strong contender for the Cannes best-director prize and he may even bag the Palme d'Or, the festival's top honour", the publication said. He also remade his 1986 comedy She's Gotta Have It as a Netflix series in 2017.

Though the film has already released at Cannes, this pitch-perfect trailer is the closest audiences will get to BlacKkKlansman before its theatrical release on August 10.

  • Kyle Peterson