Now the dark-comedy auteurs have achieved another first: The
The announcement is an unprecedented event for the prestigious confab as well — never before has a pair of filmmakers led the jury.
The winners often reflect the character of the jury chief who has a strong voice in the deliberations room. With the Coens known for their more offbeat tastes, this year's top prize-winners are expected to follow suit; when the slate is announced in the coming months, look for such choices to become front-runners.
The Coens, who are shooting their Golden-Age-of-Hollywood movie "Hail Caesar!," noted the occasion -- and their outsider status -- in a statement.
"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 brothers were last in Cannes with the period folk-music tale "Inside Llewyn Davis" two years ago. "No Country" began its awards run there in 2007.
The Coens announcement marks the fifth time in the last eight years that an American will chair the Cannes jury; the most recent was
The full jury is expected to be named in the coming months.