All the Buzz You Need to Know from Cannes Film Festival 2021: Part 1

All the Buzz You Need to Know from Cannes Film Festival 2021: Part 1
The Cannes Film Festival is in full swing, after being canceled in 2020, and then postponed in 2021 from its regular May date to July. Here’s the latest buzzy news from la Croisette.  Jury President Spike Lee’s Pink Suit & Remarks on Race BlacKkKlansman director Spike Lee is the jury president this year at the festival, a title he was given for the 2020 festival, which was canceled due to the pandemic. On the festival’s opening night, Lee wore a pink Louis Vuitton suit with pink sunglasses, Nike sneakers, and a top hat. Known for his playful style, which typically includes baseball caps and enviable sneakers, Lee turned it up a notch, and the paparazzi loved it.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Spike Lee (@officialspikelee) Lee’s films, which include Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, He Got Game, and more, often shine a light on issues of race and social justice. So it was on-brand for Lee to speak out during the Cannes Film Festival about George Floyd and issues of racism in America. The late film critic Roger Ebert’s wife, Chaz Ebert, asked Lee at a press conference at Cannes about Do the Right Thing being snubbed at the festival in 1989. Variety reports how Lee told Chaz Ebert, “A couple weeks ago was the 32nd anniversary of the film. I wrote it in 1988. When you see brother Eric Garner, when you see king George Floyd murdered, lynched. I think of Radio Raheem. And you think and hope that 30 mother-fucking years later, Black people would stop being hunted down like animals. So, I’m glad to be here, though.”

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Anne McCarthy is a contributing writer to BBC News, Teen Vogue, The Telegraph, Dance Magazine, and more. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Westminster and is the Editor in Chief of Fat Tire Tours’ travel blog. She lives in New York City.