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Coen Brothers Will Lead Cannes Jury

Coen Brothers Will Lead Cannes Jury

Joel and Ethan Coen have introduced nine of their films at Cannes since “Raising Arizona” in 1987, their second film. They won the Palme d’Or in 1991 for “Barton Fink,” and Best Director in 1996 for “Fargo” and for “The Man Who Wasn’t There” in 2001. And in 2013, “Inside Llewyn Davis” won the Grand Prix, from Steven Spielberg.

Now the two brothers will head the competition jury, the first time in the history of the Festival de Cannes that not one but two people will chair the Jury. They have accepted the invite from President Pierre Lescure and General Delegate Thierry Frémaux to become the Presidents of the 68th edition of the Festival. In 2015 the festival, which runs from May 13 through May 24, will celebrate 120 years since the invention of the Lumière cinematograph. 

“We look forward to returning to Cannes this year,” the Coens said from the Los Angeles set of “Hail Caesar!,” starring George Clooney, Christophe Lambert, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Josh Brolin and Channing Tatum. “We welcome as always the opportunity to watch movies there 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 honour, since we have never heretofore been president of anything. We will issue further proclamations at the appropriate time.”
From their first feature “Blood Simple” in 1984, which won the Grand Prix at Sundance Film Festival, Ethan has produced and co-written the films with director Joel.  Since 2004 they have credited themselves together for the script, directing, editing, and production.

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