South Korean director Bong Joon-ho, last year's Oscar winner for the film "Parasite", will chair the jury of this year's international festival in Venice, which will take place from September 1-11, the event management announced on Friday.
It will be the 78th edition of the festival, which, like last year, was held in Venice on the scheduled date despite the pandemic.
In a statement released in connection with the nomination, Bong Joon-ho stressed: "The Venice Festival has a long and rich history, and I am honored to be part of this great cinematic tradition."
Festival director Alberto Barbera pointed out that the director is now "one of the most authentic and original voices in world cinema". He noted that for the first time a South Korean director will head the Venetian jury.
The list of films admitted to the main competition for the Golden Lion Award will traditionally be announced in July. (PAP)