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Parasite director Bong Joon Ho has been selected as the jury president of the 78th Venice International Film Festival, the organizers announced on Friday. The Oscar winner will preside over seven jurors to award the festival’s highest honors, including the prestigious Golden Lion. He will be the first South Korean to hold the post.
In a statement the director said: “I am honored to be part of his beautiful film tradition. As the president of the jury – and especially as an eternal cinephile – I am ready to admire and welcome all of the great films selected by the festival. I am full of real hope and excitement. “
Festival director Alberto Barbera noted the historical character of the selection.
“We are very grateful to him that he has agreed to put his passion as a cinephile at the service of our festival in an attentive, curious and unbiased manner,” said Barbera. “The decision to entrust the jury to a Korean filmmaker for the first time in the history of the festival is also confirmation that the Venetian event encompasses cinema from around the world and that directors from all over the world know that Venice is their second home can look at. ”
The Venice Film Festival was one of the few major film festivals to take place in person last year amid the pandemic. The 78th edition will take place from September 1st to 11th.