Joel and Ethan Coen to Chair Cannes Festival Jury

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Coen Brothers to Preside Over Cannes Film Festival Jury.

“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 brothers, whose taut and joyously ironic hits have made them the biggest names in American indy cinema, are no strangers to the festival, having debuted no fewer than nine of their films at Cannes. 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. 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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