For the first time ever in the illustrious history of the Cannes Film Festival, not one, but two leading figures will chair the Jury.
It has been announced that American filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen have accepted the invitation to become the Presidents of the 68th edition of the prestigious Festival de Cannes.
“We look forward to returning to Cannes this year”, Joel and Ethan Coen said. “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.”
2015 also sees the 120th anniversary of the invention of the Lumière cinematograph, invented by brothers Louis and Auguste Lumière. The festival, through the Coen brothers, will recognise the work of all ‘cinema brothers’ who have contributed to and enriched the history of the movie industry.
In recent times some of the recipients of the Palme d’Or have been brothers, including the Coens (1991), Paolo and Vittorio Taviani (1976), and Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (1998 and 2005).
The 2015 Festival de Cannes takes place from Wednesday 13th until Sunday, 24th May. The announcement regarding the Official Selection and the members of the Jury will be made in April.
Festival de Cannes
Palais des Festivals et Congrès
1, boulevard de la Croisette