Coen brothers to head Cannes film jury in May

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Cannes 2015: The Coen Brothers to serve as joint presidents of the film festival jury.

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.” Joel and Ethan Coen, the brothers who have written and directed a string of hits including Fargo, True Grit and No Country for Old Men are to head up the jury for the 2015 Cannes film festival. They won the festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or, in 1991 for their movie “Barton Fink,” and the best director prizes for “Fargo” in 1996 and “The Man Who Wasn’t There” in 2001.

Rewarded many times, the Oscar-winning American pair were runners-up at Cannes in 2013 winning the Grand Jury Prize for ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ – the tale of a struggling folk singer in early 1960s Greenwich Village, “Cannes is a festival that has been important to us since the very beginning of our career. Set amid 1950s Hollywood and concerning “the movie business and life and religion and faith”, it is said to focus on a ‘fixer’ who keeps stars out of scandal.

It features their starriest cast for some time, with George Clooney taking top billing alongside Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson and Jonah Hill.

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