The 2011 Cannes Film Festival has named Bong Joon-Ho the Camera d’or Jury president. He will oversee the prize awarded to the best first film. The festival previously named Robert De Niro to chair the jury for the main competition, Emir Kusturica to head Un Certain Regard section, and Michel Gondry to head the short film and Cinefondation jury. Here is the festival’s announcement of the Korean helmer:
Director and scriptwriter Bong Joon-ho studied sociology and film before becoming a director. He achieved critical acclaim for his first feature film Barking Dog (2000). His next, Memories of Murder (2004), which achieved huge public success in Korea (and first prize at the Cognac Police Film Festival), earned him a Best Director Award. The Host, screened in 2006 at the Directors’ Fortnight, finally sealed his international reputation as a director of genre films raised to the level of art.
He was invited to Cannes as part of the Official Selection with Tokyo! (2008), a trilogy on which he worked with Leos Carax and Michel Gondry. In 2009, he presented Mother — an intimate and subtly analytical melodrama about Korean family life —at Un Certain Regard.
As President, Bong Joon-ho follows in the footsteps of Bruno Dumont, Abbas Kiarostami, Pavel Lounguine, Roschdy Zemand Gael Garcia Bernal.
The Caméra d’or is awarded to the best first film presented in the Official Selection (Competition and Un Certain Regard), during Critics’ Week or Directors’ Fortnight.
The prize will be awarded by the President of the Jury at the Closing Ceremony on Sunday 22nd May.