Spike Lee premiered his new movie BlacKkKlansman at the Cannes Film festival Monday night to rapturous applause. Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) becomes the first African-American detective on the Colorado Springs Police Department, but his arrival is greeted with skepticism and open hostility by the department's rank and file.
The film is premiering in competition at the Cannes film festival and is based on Stallworth's memoir.
The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw was less receptive to the film, saying: "It's an entertaining spectacle but the brilliant tonal balance in something like Jordan Peele's satire Get Out leaves this looking a little exposed".
This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter. "I couldn't believe I had never heard about it".
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What: The first trailer for BLACKkKLANSMEN. It's one of these pieces of reality that nearly plays like social satire.
"With the right white man, we can do anything", Stallworth declares.
It's Lee's first traditional feature film since 2015's Chi-Raq, having directed theater/cinema hybrids Rodney King and Pass Over since.
Early reactions from Cannes have been mostly positive.
The film is set to release on August 10, 2018 and the release will collide with one-year anniversary of the Charlottesville riots which saw one woman die after a vehicle drove into a crowd during a clash between white nationalists and anti-fascist protestors.