Year: 2018
Production: Other

BlackKklansman - USA, 2018, 134 min
Director: Spike Lee
Cast: John David Washington (Ron Stallworth), Adam Driver (Flip Zimmerman), Laura Harrier (Patrice Dumas), Topher Grace (David Duke), Robert John Burke (Chief Bridges), Harry Belafonte (Jerome Turner)

In the late ’70s Ron Stallworth becomes Colorado Spring’s first African-American police officer. On a whim, rookie Stallworth calls a number in a newspaper advertisement for the Ku Klux Klan and soon enough makes arrangements for a meeting. He gets fellow cop Flip Zimmerman to attend the meeting. Over the coming months, Stallworth conducts the investigation on the phone, while Zimmerman does all the personal interactions with the Klan members. All the while, the two cops know that they are taking a huge risk with the hateful, gun-wielding and potentially violent Klansmen. Lee is in top form as he ratchets up the tension. While BlacKkKlansman plays as a highly entertaining cop thriller, Lee also finds room for humour and romance. He pays homage to Blaxploitation films, while referencing the impact of cinema on race relations from The Birth of a Nation to Tarzan and Gone with the Wind.

Cannes – Grand Jury Prize
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