July 4, 2006
The leading Korean director Park Chan-wook has been asked to sit on the jury of the 63rd Venice Film Festival on Aug. 30-Sept.9 to judge films in the international competition. The organizing committee also asked Spanish director Juan José Bigas Luna, Portuguese producer Paulo Branco, American director and screenwriter Cameron Crowe, Russian actor Chulpan Khamatova and the Italian actor and director Michele Placido to sit on the jury.
The jury president is French actress Catherine Deneuve. The group will be charged with awarding the Golden Lion and other awards. Park is the second Korean asked to sit on the jury of one of the three major film festivals this year after Lee Young-ae did jury duty in Berlin in February, Last year, Park’s film "Sympathy For Lady Vengeance" picked up the CinemAvvenire (Cinema of the Future) award in Venice, the Little Golden Lion, and the Best Innovated Film Award.
Park, who has also won wide international acclaim for his films "Joint Security Area: JSA" and "Old Boy" will release his latest film "Cyborg Girl" toward the end of the year.