For the first time in its 68-year history, the Cannes Film Festival has elected two presidents for its jury. Joel and Ethan Coen will preside at the world’s biggest festival next May. Regulars in the Cannes circuit, the directing duo won the Palme d’Or in 1991 for Barton Fink and have screened nine of their films at the event.
Hit the jump for more on the Coen brothers’ gig as the very first pair to serve as co-presidents of the jury. The 68th Cannes Film Festival is set to kick off on May 13th.
Speaking from the set of Hail Caesar!, the Coen Brothers consider Cannes jury duty an honor:
We look forward to returning to Cannes this year. We welcome as always the opportunity to watch movies from all over the world. Cannes is a festival that has been important to us since the very beginning of our career. Presiding over the jury is a special honor since we have never been president of anything before. We will issue further declarations at the appropriate time.
It is no coincidence that a directing duo of brothers has been chosen as 2015 marks the 120th anniversary of the invention of the Cinématographe, a device combining camera with printer and projector by brothers Louis and Auguste Lumière who changed the process of filmmaking.
The Cannes Film Festival opens on May 13 and runs until May 24th. The films competing in the official selection, as well as the members of the jury will be unveiled mid-April.