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Spike Lee's 'Black KkKlansman' wins top prize at Cannes

BLACK EXCELLENCE: Spike Lee poses with his Grand Prize trophy at the 71st Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France (Photo credit: LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)

AFTER RECEIVING a standing ovation and glowing reviews reviews from critics at the Cannes Film Festival premiere of BlacKkKlansman, the Spike Lee-directed movie has taken home the top prize at the glamorous film fest.

The provocative film, set in the early 1970s, stars John David Washington as Ron Stallworth, a black detective who launches an undercover investigation of the Ku Klux Klan with colleague Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver). Topher Grace also features as David Duke, the KKK’s Grand Wizard.

Speaking on the coveted prize, Lee said: "I take this on the behalf of the People's Republic of Brooklyn, New York."

The Cannes jury gave the film its second-highest honor at the festival, with jury president Cate Blanchett saying the movie is "quintessentially about an American crisis."

"Obviously, this is an international film festival," Blanchett said at a press conference following the ceremony.

"We talked a lot about when a film transcends the limitations of its culture. Spike has made a film that is quintessentially about an American crisis and yet all of us felt connected to it. That, we felt, really elevated its importance even more."

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