At its Cannes debut yesterday BlacKkKlansman was met with a rapturous response and a 10-minute standing ovation, with many saying Spike Lee's movie captures the zeitgeist, using a true story from the past to talk about modern race issues and the bigotry of the Trump era. It's set for commercial release in August - on the first anniversary of the deadly violence at a white-supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which a counter-protester was run down by a auto and killed. Based on the memoir from Colorado Springs' first Black detective (not the Chappelle's Show sketch), the film follows Detective Ron Stallworth (John David Washington, son of Denzel), infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s with the help of an undercover cop (Adam Driver). Over the phone, it's easy enough for Stallworth to set up his character, as he puts on his best white voice and tells chapter president David Duke, played by Topher Grace, how he hates everyone who doesn't have "pure white Aryan blood running through their veins".
Lee- who refused to identify Trump by name - called Charlottesville an "ugly, ugly, ugly blemish on America", and condemned the president for not using it as an opportunity to denounce the Ku Klux Klan and the alt-right.
An official trailer for BlacKkKlansman, which is directed by Spike Lee and produced by Jordan Peele, was released this week by Focus Features.
The 61-year-old filmmaker said the commander-in-chief had "a chance to say we are about love and not hate,".
"We look to our leaders to give us direction... and I like to say this right-wing bullshit is all around the world". Lee added after the film was finished.
"Right away, I knew that this had to be the coda for the film, but I had to do something first".
Mr Lee called Charlottesville an "ugly, ugly, ugly blemish on America", but he also repeatedly stressed to the global Cannes media that the racism depicted in BlacKkKlansman is not unique to the United States. I was not gonna put that murder scene in the film without her blessing.
"This right -wing (expletive) is not just America". It's not black, white, or brown.
Spike Lee has unleashed on Donald Trump in an expletive-filled speech, furious at the recent rise of violent white supremacy in the US. I go to bed thinking about it. He bounced into the premiere at the Palais announcing: "Brooklyn's in the house!" "This is not just something that pertains to the United States of America, this bulls- has gone over the world".