Refusing to call Donald Trump by name, Spike Lee on Tuesday damned the USA president, repeatedly calling him a "mother-fucker" right at the beginning of the Cannes press conference for his new film BlacKkKlansman.
★★★★☆ A movie about a black cop who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan?
From beginning to end, the BlacKkKlansman trailer is a testament to Spike Lee's skill behind the camera.
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The film is produced by Jason Blum's Blumhouse and Jordan Peele's Monkeypaw, the team behind the Oscar-winning thriller Get Out. If the trailer is any indication, this looks like a prescient treatise on ignorance, through an exploitation lens that's equally hilarious and insightful.
The film stars former American football player and Ballers star John David Washington as black detective Ron Stallworth, who worked together with a white cop, played by Adam Driver, to take down the Colorado arm of the racist organization.
BlacKkKlansman had its world premiere on Monday at the Cannes Film Festival, where it will compete for the Palm d'Or. Though he's still a rookie, he decides to embark on an ambitious mission: infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan. The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth mounts a risky mission to infiltrate and take down the Ku Klux Klan, enlisting the help of an experienced colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), to help him get inside the notorious hate group. The film is set to open on August 10, 2018.