Jeon Do Yeon Becomes First Korean Actress To Judge For Cannes Festival

Actress Jeon Do Yeon will be a judge for this year's Cannes Festival.

Canne revealed the rest of the judges for the festival and featured Jeon Do Yeon, who was also the first Korean actress to win the 'Best Actress' award.

She had won the prestigious award for her role as a widow who restarts her life in "Secret Sunshine" back in 2007. 

For those who aren't familiar with Jeon Do Yeon, she has exclusively been focusing on her roles in cinema, despite starting out as a television actress.

Jeon has made a name for herself with major film roles in "I Wish I Had A Wife," "My Mother," "The Mermaid" and "The Housemaid" which was presented at Cannes in 2010. 

This is the first time a Korean actress has been chosen for the judges panel.

The last time someone from Korea was on the panel was in 2009 with director Lee Chang Dong.

Many of the top people in the industry are chosen to be judges at Cannes. This year's list is especially diverse.

Aside from Jeon Do Yeon, Chinese director Jia Zhangke is set to be a judge at the French film festival along with French actress Carole Bouquet and Iranian actress Leila Hatami. 

Directors Sofia Coppola and Nicolas Winding Refn are also a part of the list. 

Actors Willem Dafoe and Gael Facia Nernal will also be members of the jury. 

The Wrap has announced that the jury president will be director Jane Campion. 

Reuters has noted that this year, the majority of the panel consists of female juries with five women and four men.  

This is reportedly the first majorty female judging panel since 2009. 

It has also been reported that two of the 18 feature-length films in the competition this year were made by women. 

Japenese director Naomi Kawase's "Still the Water" and Italian director Alice Rohrwacher's "Le Meraviglie" will be showcased. 

The 67th Cannes Festival will take place on May 14-26.

Jeon Do Yeon
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