“I’m honored to be the first person of the African diaspora (USA) to be named President of the Cannes Jury and of a main film festival”, Lee said in a statement.
His latest movie “BlacKkKlansman” won the Cannes Grand Prix in 2018.
This year’s Cannes, the biggest gathering of the global movie industry, will run from May 12 to 23.
The other members of the jury and the films on the program will be announced mid-April.
Reporting by Matthieu Protard; Editing by Andrew Heavens