For the first time in its history, the Cannes International Film Festival has tapped two Presidents of the Jury to preside over the illustrious ceremony.
Even more exciting: this year, these two Presidents are none other than directing duo Joel and Ethan Coen! The Wrap reports that this will be their first year as "president of anything" (in their words), so I'm sure they are feeling like this inside:
Truth be told, I can certainly be projecting considering my excitement right now. While I was ecstatic to see Jane Campion head up the jury last year, opting for the Coen brothers makes sense considering the directors' extensive experience at Cannes. They have screened nine out of their 16 films at the French festival, winning the Palme d'Or for Barton Fink in 1991 and multiple awards for Best Director.
Hell, even the photo on their Wikipedia page is from Cannes. This pairing was pretty much written in the stars.
In a characteristically tongue-in-cheek statement, the directing pair said the following about this opportunity:
We look forward to returning to Cannes this year. 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 honor, since we have never heretofore been president of anything. We will issue further proclamations at the appropriate time.
Keep an eye out for more news (or, proclamations if you're a Coen) starting in mid-April, when the rest of the members of the jury will be announced. The 68th annual Cannes Film Festival will be held from May 13-24, 2015.
Are you looking forward to seeing what films the Coen brothers award the prestigious festival awards?