Coen brothers named Cannes jury presidents

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Coen Brothers to Preside Over Cannes Film Festival Jury.

“We look forward to returning to Cannes this year,” the brothers—who are currently working on their next project, Hail, Caesar!—said in a statement. “We welcome as always the opportunity to watch movies there from all over the world.“Presiding over the Jury is a special honour [sic], since we have never heretofore been president of anything,”the filmmaker brothers said in a tongue-in-cheek statement. “We will issue further proclamations at the appropriate time.” The brothers will be the first duo to serve as co-presidents of the jury, according to the New York Times.

PARIS: The Coen brothers, award-winning American directors of hits like “Fargo” and “The Big Lebowski”, will jointly head the jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, becoming the first pair to chair the world’s top cinema showcase. The Coens won the festival’s top Palme d’Or prize in 1991 for their movie Barton Fink, and best director prizes for Fargo in 1996 and The Man Who Wasn’t There in 2001.

George Clooney has already appeared in three of their movies — “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”, “Intolerable Cruelty” and “Burn After Reading”. Since exploding onto the scene in 1984 with their offbeat thriller “Blood Simple”, the two have reeled off a dozen films, each notable for their distinctive quirky humour or macabre themes.

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