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Joel, Ethan Coen Tapped to Head 68th Cannes Film Festival Jury in May

Joel and Ethan Coen will head the jury at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in May. The festival awards the prestigious Palme de’Or award. (Photo: Getty)

Joel and Ethan Coen, known for quirky cult films like “Raising Arizona,” and “The Big Lebowski,” will take over as co-president of the 68th Cannes Film Festival jury, which awards the prestigious Palme d’Or, or Golden Palm, among other awards.

Last year’s Palme winner was “Winter Sleep,” a Turkish film that examined the wide class divide between rich and poor in Turkey.

The year before that, French film “Blue is the Warmest Color,” won the award. The film was an intense examination of a lesbian relationship between an older and younger woman.

The last American film to win was Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” in 2011. Before that, Michael Moore won in 2004 for his post-Sept. 11 documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11.”

In fact, for most of its recent history, the Palme d’Or has gone to films that are out of the mainstream. In that regard, the Coens should have their fingers on the pulse of the competition.

“Cannes is a festival that has been important to us since the very beginning of our career,” the brothers said in a statement.

“Presiding over the Jury is a special honor, since we have never heretofore been president of anything,” he added.

The Coens are currently filming their latest movie “Hail Caesar!” starring George Clooney, Christopher Lambert, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Josh Brolin and Channing Tatum,.

The comedy is about a shady Hollywood bagman and fixer in the 1950s, who investigates the disappearance of a cast member during filming of a movie about ancient Rome.

The Coens will replace Australian filmmaker Jane Campion, last year’s president, according to the organization.

Official selections for screening and additional members of the jury, will be announced in April, The festival runs from May 13-25.

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