The Venice Film Festival (September 1-11) has appointed Parasite director Bong Joon Ho as chairman of the jury.
The head of the festival, Alberto Barbera, said of this decision: “The first and good news concerning the 78e Venice Film Festival is that Bong Joon Ho enthusiastically accepted to chair the jury. Today, this great Korean director is one of the most authentic and original voices in world cinema. We are extremely grateful to him for having accepted to put his passion as an attentive, curious and unprejudiced film buff to the service of our festival. It is a pleasure and an honor to be able to share the joy of this moment with the countless admirers, around the world, of his extraordinary films. The decision to hand the jury over to a Korean filmmaker, for the first time in the history of the festival, is also confirmation that the Venetian event embraces cinema from around the world and that directors from all countries know they can consider Venice as their second home. “
Bong Joon Ho commented: “The Venice International Film Festival has a long and varied history with it, and I am honored to be part of its fine cinematic tradition. As president of the jury – and above all as a perpetual cinephile – I am ready to admire and applaud all the great films selected by the festival. I am filled with sincere hope and excitement. “
The acclaimed Korean filmmaker is known for his films, including The host, Mother, Snowpiercer, Okja, and winner of the Oscar for best film and the Palme d’Or de Cannes Parasite.
Nomadland won the top prize at last year’s Venice Film Festival, which was pretty much the only major cinematic event to take place in physical form after the outbreak of the pandemic in the spring.