Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho has been selected to serve as the president of the Camera d’Or jury at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The jury selects the best first film presented in the Official Selection (Competition and Un Certain Regard), during Critics’ Week or Directors’ Fortnight. Joon-ho was invited to Cannes as part of the Official Selection with “Tokyo!,” a trilogy on which he worked with Leos Carax and Michel Gondry. In 2009, he presented “Mother” in Un Certain Regard.
Previous presidents of the jury include Bruno Dumont, Abbas Kiarostami, Pavel Lounguine, Roschdy Zem and Gael Garcia Bernal.
The prize will be awarded at the Closing Ceremony on May 22nd. Last year’s winner was “Año Bisiesto,” directed by Michael Rowe.