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June 22, 2021

Bong Joon-ho, the president of the Camera d’Or jury

Another piece falls in place, completing the puzzle of the 64th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. The president of the jury which grants the Camera d’Or trophy has just been announced, in the person of South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho. As film-lovers know, the films competing for the Camera d’Or trophy are productions from the official selection, from the International Critics’ Week programme, as well as from Quinzaine des Réalisateurs.

Previous presidents of this important jury included directors Bruno Dumont, Abbas Kiarostami and Pavel Lughin.
This year’s president has been twice present, with his own productions, in the festival. In 2008, he was among the authors of the triptych “Tokyo!”. The first part of it was titled “Interior Design” and was signed by Michel Gondry, also at the helm of a jury in this year’s edition of Cannes. This told the tale of a young couple, determined to adapt to life in a metropolis. The second title – “Merde” – belonged to the French director Leos Carax and depicted a city stricken by fear as a mysterious creature spreads horror among the inhabitants.

Bong Joon-ho signed the third part of the film – “Sharing Tokyo”, the romance between a pizza-delivery girl and a man who has not left his house for ten years, for fear of an earthquake. Sadly, a highly topical subject, which attests the director’s sensitivity to the tragedies of the Asian world. “Mather”, presented in the 2009 Cannes Festival, is another contemporary drama. Do-joon, the only son of a widowed mother, is charged with a crime he did not commit. The lawyer loses the trial, but the mother is fighting, on her own, to prove the missing girl was not killed by her son. Let us see, then, what kind of topics will draw the jury’s interest this year, in the context of the unprecedented Japan disaster.

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