Spike Lee to head Cannes Film Festival jury
FILE - Filmmaker Spike Lee poses for a portrait in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Oct. 7, 2015. Lee will be president of the jury for the 74th Cannes Film Festival. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK – Spike Lee, who was set to lead last year's jury for the Cannes Film Festival that was ultimately canceled by the pandemic, will preside over this year's jury instead. Usually held in May, this year's Cannes Film Festival has been delayed by the health crisis. Lee is the first Black person to head the Cannes jury, which selects one of cinema's top prizes, the Palme d'Or.
Cannes announces lineup for a festival canceled by COVID
Cannes Festival director Thierry Fremaux, left, festival president Pierre Lescure, sit during the presentation of the festival lineup, in an empty cinema Wednesday, June 3, 2020 in Paris. The Cannes Film Festival was canceled due to the pandemic but it announced the films that would have played at the French Riviera festival. Those films, festival organizers say, will be able to promote themselves with the Cannes "stamp of approval." The French festival, originally slated for mid-May, initially considered postponing to July but ultimately gave up on a 2020 edition. The films will be able to brand themselves as part of the official 2020 Cannes Film Festival selection.