Filmmaking duo follow in the footsteps of previous jury heads Steven Spielberg and Robert De Niro
The Coen Brothers are to head the jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, it has been announced.
Joel and Ethan Coen take over from The Piano director Jane Campion, who presided over the jury at last year’s festival. Other actors and filmmakers to have headed the Cannes jury in recent years include Steven Spielberg, Robert De Niro and Tim Burton.
The directors said in a statement: “We look forward to returning to Cannes this year. Cannes is a festival that has been important to us since the very beginning of our career. Presiding over the jury is a special honour, since we have never heretofore been president of anything. We will issue further proclamations at the appropriate time.”
The filmmaking brothers, 60-year-old Joel and 57-year-old Ethan, have presented seven of their 13 films at Cannes over the years, picking up various prizes for 1991’s Barton Fink, 1996’s Fargo and 2013’s Inside Llewyn Davis.
This year’s Cannes Film Festival will begin on May 13 and run until May 24. The director of the festival, Thierry Fremauz, said of this year’s jurors: “The Coens incarnate a certain ‘auteur’ filmmaking that is universal and with wide appeal, full of humour and totally original in their way of looking at the world.”