The films of Joel and Ethan Coen are frequently in competition at Cannes—but this year the brothers will chair the festival’s Jury.
“We look forward to returning to Cannes this year,” the brothers—who are currently working on their next project, Hail, Caesar!—said in a statement. “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.”
The Coens’ Barton Fink won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1991, and the brothers have since returned to the festival many times. Most recently, Inside Llewyn Davis won the festival’s Grand Prix in 2013.
According to the festival, the brothers’ appointment marks the first time two people have served in this position. The festival begins May 13.