While his own first feature (Barking Dog) is hard to find, there are very few names that know what it takes to make a great first feature, quite like director Bong Joon-ho.
With films like the aforementioned stunner of a debut and his last film, Mother, to his name, Joon-ho has been tapped to lead this year’s Camera d’Or Jury for the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
His job, along with his jury, will be to award the Camera d’Or, the festival’s award to the best first film presented in the Official Selection, during Critics’ Week or the Director’s Fortnight at the festival. Previous jury presidents include the likes of Abbas Kiarostami and Bruno Dumont. Talk about solid company.
Joon-ho himself is no rookie to the Croisette, particularly after presenting such films as Mother and The Host at the iconic festival. However, this is his biggest involvement in the festival, and really, there isn’t much of a better choice. He’s a great filmmaker, and has been since his debut feature. As the festival approaches, this year’s Cannes Festival is shaping up to be absolutely amazing.