Parasite filmmaker Bong Joon Ho has been appointed as jury president of the 78th Venice Film Festival, becoming the first South Korean filmmaker in the festival’s history to preside over the main jury.
“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,” the director said in a statement. “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.”
The Oscar-winner will oversee the festival’s top awards, including the prestigious Golden Lion. The filmmaker is best known for his acclaimed titles including The Host, Mother, Snowpiercer, Okja, and Best Picture Oscar and Cannes Palme d’Or winner Parasite.
“The first, good news item regarding the 78th Venice Film Festival is that Bong Joon Ho has enthusiastically agreed to preside over the jury. Today, this great Korean director is one of the most authentic and original voices in worldwide cinema,” said Festival chief Alberto Barbera on the historic selection.
“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. It is a pleasure and an honor to be able to share the joy of this moment with the countless admirers, throughout the world, of his extraordinary movies,” Barbera said. “The decision to entrust the Jury to a Korean filmmaker, for the first time in the festival’s history, is also confirmation that the Venetian event embraces the cinema of the entire world, and that directors from every country know they can consider Venice their second home.”
The 78th Venice Film Festival is set to run from September 1-11, 2021.