The Cannes Film Festival has never been partial to American filmmakers. Joel and Ethan Coen, however, are very much the exception — as demonstrated by today’s announcement that the brothers have been named as Presidents of the Jury for the upcoming edition of the Festival.
In a statement released by the festival, the Coens’ expressed their enthusiasm for watching this year’s selection of films, noting in particular how Cannes has played an important role since the very beginning of their career as filmmakers.
Indeed, over the course of their career, the Coens’ have brought nine films to Cannes — beginning with their second feature film, “Raising Arizona,” (1987). Their third feature, “Barton Fink” (1991) garnered them the prestigious Palme d’Or and then a few years later, they nabbed the Best Director Prize at the festival for “Fargo” (1996). Most recently, the Coens’ film “Inside Llewyn Davis” (2013) won the festival’s Grand Prix.
“Presiding over the Jury is a special honour since we have never heretofore been president of anything,” the Coens’ said in a statement released by the Festival. “We will issue further proclamations at the appropriate time.”
Clearly, they are taking their role very seriously.
The 2015 edition of the Cannes Film Festival will take place May 13-24. Additional members of the jury, along with the festival’s Official Selection of films, will be revealed come April.