At Cannes, a Tale of Two Auteurs

Adam Driver

Cannes has finally stirred to life with back-to-back screenings by the two biggest provocateurs in the official selection: Spike Lee and Lars von Trier. For the first time since I got here a week ago, you felt a jolt of electricity shoot through the festival, albeit in very different directions. Lee’s galvanizing new movie, BlacKkKlansman, got a standing ovation that was rapturous even by the reflexive standards of such things. In contrast, Von Trier’s The House That Jack Built had outraged audience members stomping out of the Palais in their gowns and black tie—precisely the kind of reaction he lives to produce.

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