Spike Lee's KKK film 'BlacKkKlansman' rocks Cannes premiere with thunderous standing O
BlacKkKlansman has arrived with a power statement.
Spike Lee's incredible true story of a heroic cop infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan premiered to a thunderous standing ovation at Cannes Film Festival on Monday, the same day the movie released its powerful first trailer.
USA TODAY's Andrea Mandell was in Cannes to witness BlacKkKlansman and the audience reception as the lights came up.
Lee had arrived dancing on the famed Cannes red carpet to the sounds of Beyoncé's Crazy in Love, and announced "Brooklyn's in the house!" when entering the theater in the Palais des Festivals.
The stars of the film, including John David Washington, Adam Driver, Corey Hawkins and Topher Grace, were on hand.
The story follows Ron Stallworth (Washington), the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department in the 1970s.
He sets out on a dangerous mission to infiltrate and expose the KKK and its leader, David Duke (Grace). Stallworth recruits an initially reluctant, more seasoned white colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Driver), for the undercover investigation to expose a planned KKK attack.
With its strong social statements and the Klan's screen cries of "America first," this movie is certain to generate spirited discussion before it arrives in theaters on Aug. 10.
In addition to writing the screenplay, Lee also produces along with Get Out writer/director Jordan Peele.