Writer/director siblings Joel and Ethan Coen will chair the jury at this year's (15) Cannes Film Festival in France.

The Fargo moviemakers are to preside over the panel which will select winners of awards including the prestigious Palme d'Or, marking the first time the jury has been chaired by two judges.

The Coen Brothers say in a statement, "We look forward to returning to Cannes this year. 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 won the Palme d'Or for Barton Fink in 1991, as well as director prizes for Fargo and The Man Who Wasn't There and the Grand Prix for Inside Llewyn Davis in 2013.

The festival runs from 13 to 24 May (15).

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