Rome, Jan 15 (efe-epa).- Korean director Bong Joon-ho, the oscar-winning director of Parasite, has been named head of the International Jury of the 78th Venice Film Festival, the organisation said Thursday.
The head of the seven-person jury, who will award the Golden Lion to the best film as well as other official prizes, was chosen by the board of directors of the Venice Biennale, which accepted Joon-ho’s nomination from Venice Film Festival director Alberto Barbera.
Bong Joon-ho, in accepting the proposal, said: “The Venice International Film Festival carries with it a long and varied history, and I’m honored to be woven into its beautiful cinematic tradition.”
“As president of the jury — and more importantly as a perpetual cinephile — I’m ready to admire and applaud all the great films selected by the festival. I’m filled with genuine hope and excitement,” he added.
Alberto Barbera said that “this great Korean director is one of the most authentic and original voices in worldwide cinema. We are immensely grateful to him for having agreed to put his passion as a cinephile attentive, inquisitive, and unprejudiced, at the service of our festival.”
The last edition of the Venice Film Festival was held as always at the beginning of September, despite the pandemic resulting in some absences.
Given the serious state of the coronavirus pandemic across Europe, it is still unclear under which conditions this year’s festival will be held.
Born in South Korea, Bong Joon-ho made his first foray into international production with Snowbreaker (2013) and then with Okja (2017).
His latest film, Parasite, won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, among other awards, and at the 92nd edition of the Oscars his movie was the first non-English-language picture to win best film.
This is the first time in the festival’s history that a Korean filmmaker has led the jury. EFE-EPA