According to Reuters, this will be the first time two people have served as presidents at Cannes.
The 2014 president was director Jane Campion, who was behind such movies as the 2009 film “Bright Star” and the 1993 movie “The Piano,” as well as directing episodes of the TV show “Top of the Lake.” Other previous presidents include director Steven Spielberg, actor Robert De Niro, and director Tim Burton.
“Cannes is a festival that has been important to us since the very beginning of our career,” the Coens said in a statement. “Presiding over the Jury is a special honor, since we have never heretofore been president of anything.”
The Coen brothers’ next movie, which they are co-directing and co-writing, is the film “Hail Caesar!,” which is due to be released in 2016. It stars actors George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, and Tilda Swinton, among others.
Other previous work by the siblings includes the 1996 movie “Fargo,” the 2000 film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” and the 2010 movie “True Grit.” Joel and Ethan Coen won the Best Director Oscar as well as the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for “No Country for Old Men,” which also took the Best Picture prize that year. Other movies of theirs, such as “Fargo” (which also took the Best Original Screenplay prize) and “A Serious Man,” have been nominated for Best Picture.
Monitor film critic Peter Rainer awarded "Inside Llewyn Davis," the most recent film by the Coen brothers, an A-, writing in his review, "In top form, Joel and Ethan Coen offer up feel-bad experiences that, like fine blues medleys, make you feel good (although with an acidulous aftertaste). 'Inside Llewyn Davis' is one of their best."
The Cannes Film Festival will be held from May 13 to May 24, according to Variety.