Cannes 2015: The Coen brothers named jury heads, boosting the offbeat

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Cannes 2015: The Coen brothers named jury heads, boosting the offbeat.

Joel and Ethan Coen have been notching a series of firsts in recent years — their first best picture and director Oscars in 2008 with “No Country For Old Men,” and a few years back they garnered their highest ever box office numbers with “True Grit.” Now the dark-comedy auteurs have achieved another first: The Cannes Film Festival announced Tuesday that the duo would lead its feature-film jury when the annual gathering gets underway May 13. In a statement Tuesday, the festival said the nomination of the men who made “Raising Arizona,” “Fargo” and “Barton Fink” — which won the prestigious Palme d’Or — is part of its celebration of all “cinema brothers.”

With the Coens known for their more offbeat tastes, this year’s top prize-winners are expected to follow suit; when the slate is announced in the coming months, look for such choices to become front-runners. “Cannes is a festival that has been important to us since the very beginning of our career. We will issue further proclamations at the appropriate time.” The Coens’ Barton Fink won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1991, and the brothers have since returned to the festival many times. Other movies of theirs, such as “Fargo” (which also took the Best Original Screenplay prize) and “A Serious Man,” have been nominated for Best Picture.

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