"I'm ready to admire and applaud all the great films selected by the festival. I'm filled with genuine hope and excitement," Bong said in a statement issued by festival organizers.
Calling Bong the first South Korean jury president of the Venice gala, festival director Alberto Barbera also saluted him as "one of the most authentic and original voices in worldwide cinema".
The Venice Film Festival is one of the most prestigious and the oldest in the world, rivaling with Cannes and Berlin. Its 78th edition is scheduled for September 1-11, 2021.