Bong Joon-ho insisted cinema will continue (Picture: Getty Images)
Director Bong Joon-ho has declared that Covid-19 will not destroy cinema, giving an inspiring speech at Venice Film Festival.
The Parasite director is serving as the Venice Jury President this year and appeared at a press conference alongside fellow jurors like Cynthia Erivo and Chloe Zhao and wasted no time in addressing catastrophic impact the pandemic has had on the film industry.
‘Because of Covid in Korea and in the rest of the world, filmmakers had a very tough time last year and this year,’ the filmmaker said.
‘But in a way, looking back, it feels like this was a test, and what it has shown is the life force of cinema.
He added: ‘As a filmmaker, I don’t believe the history of cinema of cinema could be stopped so easily, so Covid will pass and cinema will continue.’
Nomadland director Chloe also spoke out, addressing the fact that she couldn’t attend the festival last year due to the pandemic.
The director looked to be loving life at the festival (Picture: Getty Images)
‘I was devastated I couldn’t be here last year,’ the Oscar-winning filmmaker said.
‘To come back — my first time in Italy — and especially to serve under director Bong and my wonderful fellow jury members, I’m just honored.’
Nomadland director Chloe is thrilled to be back at the festival (Picture: WireImage)
Of course, the future of cinema looks very different after the pandemic with some studios, including Warner Bros and Disney, making the most of streaming releases as well as theatrical releases.
Speaking about the future of film distribution, Festival Chief Alberto Barbera explained: ‘We are in a situation of great change.
‘When we go back to normal, we will be facing a very different distribution scenario… The relationship between cinema and platforms is a relationship that will radically change. I am firmly convinced that traditional distribution in cinemas will not disappear and that we are moving towards a double distribution system.’
Plenty of films are getting their debut at the festival including Dune, The Power of the Dog, Last Night In Soho, and The Last Duel.