Quirky U.S. filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen will jointly chair the jury that selects the prestigious Palme d'Or winner. (AFP/Alberto Pizzoli)
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Quirky U.S. filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen – once feted at Cannes as award winners – will this month bring their distinctive eye to the Croisette as judges, in what could be good news for European directors.Even though Ethan has called festival prize-giving a "ridiculous" activity, the nearly inseparable American brothers are no stranger to Cannes glory.Their "Barton Fink" won the Palme d'Or and the best director prize in 1991 . Ethan's directing role was uncredited on all three films.Their "Inside Llewyn Davis" won the jury's grand prize in 2013 . This year's competition lineup, which they will be judging, includes 19 films, 11 of which are from Europe. George Clooney, for instance, has already appeared in three of their movies – "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," "Intolerable Cruelty" and "Burn After Reading".He is appearing in a fourth Coen brothers film due to come out next year, "Hail, Caesar!," with Josh Brolin, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum and Scarlett Johansson.
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