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Spike Lee, Jordan Peele bring Cannes audience to their feet with ‘BlacKkKlansman’

It hits theaters this August.


Christine Friar


Published May 15, 2018   Updated May 21, 2021, 3:51 pm CDT

If the reaction at this year’s Cannes Film Festival is any indication, a new collaboration between director Spike Lee and producer Jordan Peele is about to make waves when it hits theaters this August.

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At the world premiere Monday, BlacKkKlansman—a new dramatic comedy based on the true story of a black and Jewish undercover cop team who managed to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan—reportedly received a standing ovation when it ended at the festival. There were also reportedly several points during the film when audiences erupted in applause. According to the Hollywood Reporter, there were “four minutes of applause during the credits and a six-minute standing ovation”—not a minor feat for the notoriously stuffy, French festival.

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Following the screening Monday evening, the official trailer for the movie hit YouTube:

People at the screening tweeted praise for the film, calling it “painful and invigorating,” and “the Spike Lee movie we’ve been waiting for”:

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BlacKkKlansman hits theaters Aug. 10.

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*First Published: May 15, 2018, 7:24 am CDT