'Parasite' director Bong Joon-ho to head Venice Film Festival jury

Oscar-winning South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho is the jury head for the 78th Venice International Film Festival, which will run from September 1 to 11, 2021.

According to a Variety report, the Parasite director was chosen by Venice artistic director Alberto Barbera to preside over the acclaimed film festival's jury for 2021, making him the first South Korean director to do so.

“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," Barbera said in a statement, calling Joon-ho "one of the most authentic and original voices in worldwide cinema," with "extraordinary movies."

Joon-ho will help decide on this year's winners for the Golden Lion, Silver Lion, Grand Jury Prize, Coppa Volpi, Best Screenplay, and the Marcello Mastroianni Award.

The director's recent accolades include winning the 92nd Oscars' Best Picture in January 2020 for Parasite, which was the first ever foreign-language film to bag the award. It also won the Oscar for Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best International Feature.

The dark satirical thriller also scored the prestigious Palme d'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019, as well as the Best Foreign Film award at the Golden Globes 2020 ceremony.

Joon-ho is also known for his other critically-acclaimed films, such as Okja (2017), Snowpiercer (2013), The Host (2006), and Memories of Murder (2003). – Rappler.com