Jerzy Skolimowski tops short film jury
The Cannes Film Festival has tapped South Korean multi-hyphenate Lee Chang-dong and Polish helmer Jerzy Skolimowski as Critics’ Week jury presidents while Korean helmer-scribe Bong Joon-ho will lead the Camera d’Or jury.Lee will head the grand prize jury, comprising four foreign journalists who vote for one of the seven films in competition. Lee previously worked as South Korea’s culture and tourism minister, and directed critically acclaimed films including “Secret Sunshine” and “Poetry,” which nabbed Cannes’ scripting nod last year. Skolimowski will top the short-film jury, which judges the 10 shorts and medium-length films. The helmer attracted international attention with “Walkover,” which screened in Critics’ Week in 1965. His “Essential Killing” won the special jury prize at Venice last year. Critics’ Week, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, will unveil its selection on April 18. Meanwhile, Bong will oversee the jury for the Camera d’Or, honoring the best first film presented in the Official Selection, Critics’ Week or Directors’ Fortnight. Bong’s “Tokyo!,” which he co-directed with Michel Gondry and Leos Carax, and “Mother” played in Un Certain Regard in 2008 and 2009, respectively. Bong will award the Camera d’Or during the closing ceremony on May 22. The Cannes fest starts on May 11.