The American director Spike Lee was chosen as president of the jury of the 2021 Cannes International Film Festival, after canceling last year’s session, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, which was to be chaired by Lee himself.
Initially, the 2020 edition of the Festival de Cannes, one of the most important events in the film industry, was postponed from May until the end of June before it was canceled.
Ultimately, the organizers held a 3-day limited event during October, showing a batch of short films.
At a time when the “Covid-19” disease is still spreading at a high rate in France, the festival organizers have set the date for the 2021 session between 6 and 17 July instead of May as usual.
“For 30 years, untiring Spike Lee has raised the issues of his time,” said festival president Pierre Lescourt in a statement.
Other jury members and films selected for the program will be announced in early June. The 74th Palme d’Or will be presented on July 17.
Lee, 63, won the Grand Prix at Cannes in 2018 with his movie (Black Clansman). Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu was chair of the committee for 2019.