Bong to head Cannes jury for debut filmmakers

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PARIS (AP) - The Cannes Film Festival says South Korean director Bong Joon-ho will preside over the jury that awards the Camera d’Or prize for a first-time filmmaker.

Bong is the director of “Barking Dog” (2000) and “Memories of Murder” (2004) but is best known overseas for his 2006 monster film “The Host,” which became a massive hit in South Korea. It made $2.2 million at the U.S. box office, and Hollywood producers bought remake rights.

His 2009 drama “Mother” premiered at Cannes, in the prestigious film festival’s secondary Un Certain Regard competition. It did not win any prizes at the 2009 festival.

Last year’s Camera d’Or went to Michael Rowe’s “Leap Year.”

The Cannes festival made the announcement in a statement Thursday.

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