The film industry duo that brought you ‘The Big Lebowski’ and ‘No Country for Old Men’ will rule over this year’s Cannes International Film Festival. It was announced today that Joel and Ethan Coen, two brothers that have solidified their mark on film with their wonderful writing and directing, will official preside over the jury at the popular Film Festival scheduled to begin in May.
“Presiding over the Jury is a special honour [sic], since we have never heretofore been president of anything,” the filmmaker brothers said in a statement released earlier today. “We look forward to returning to Cannes this year,”, Joel and Ethan Coen said from the Hail Caesar! film shoot. “We welcome as always the opportunity to watch movies there from all over the world. Cannes is a festival that has been important to us since the very beginning of our career.”
The selection marks a first for the industry event, the two brothers will be the first duo to actively serve as co-presidents of the jury. They of course aren’t the first U.S. directors to have served as a president of the jury, other notable directors include Steven Spielberg back in 2013, Quentin Tarantino served in 2004, and Tim Burton took the title in 2010. Last year the honor went to the New Zealand director Jane Campion.
While this is their first official duty behind the panels, The Coens won the Palme d’Or prize (the ultimate prize at Cannes) back in 1991 for their film ‘Barton Fink’. Other awards given to the team were best director for ‘Fargo,’ and they also won best director for ‘The Man Who Wasn’t There’.
More information on the Cannes Film Festival as well as the screening schedule, included films and nominations will be announced as we get closer to the official event in May. The festival will begin on May 13th and will run through May 24, 2015. The list from the Official Selection and the members of the Jury will be unveiled in mid-April according to the official announcement released earlier today.