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Bong Joon-ho to head Venice Film Festival jury, Entertainment News & Top Stories

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ROME • South Korean director Bong Joon-ho, whose movie Parasite (2019) won the Academy Award for Best Picture last year, was named last Friday as jury president of this year’s Venice Film Festival. “I’m ready to admire and applaud all the great films selected by the festival. I’m filled with genuine hope and excitement,” Bong,…

ROME • South Korean director Bong Joon-ho, whose movie Parasite (2019) won the Academy Award for Best Picture last year, was named last Friday as jury president of this year’s Venice Film Festival.

“I’m ready to admire and applaud all the great films selected by the festival. I’m filled with genuine hope and excitement,” Bong, 51, said in a statement issued by the festival’s organisers.

Festival director Alberto Barbera said Bong would be the first South Korean jury president, and saluted him as “one of the most authentic and original voices in worldwide cinema”.

Parasite, a dark comedy about the gap between rich and poor, made history as the first non-English-language movie to win an Oscar for Best Picture.

It picked up three other statuettes at last year’s Academy Awards for Best Director, Best International Feature and Best Original Screenplay.

The Venice Film Festival is one of the most prestigious in the world, rivalling Cannes and Berlin, and is the oldest. Its 78th edition is scheduled for Sept 1 to 11 this year.

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