In an historic move, the Cannes Film Festival has appointed the Coen brothers as the festival's joint presidents to serve on the jury, which has never before had two serving presidents. 

The news was announced today in a statement from the festival which names the No Country for Old Men, True Grit and Fargo filmmakers as successors to Jane Campion, the New Zealand based director, who served as last year's president.  

"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" said Joel and Ethan, of their appointment. Comically adding that: "Presiding over the Jury is a special honour, since we have never before been president of anything." 

Winning the Palme d'Or prize in 1991 for Barton Fink, was a defining moment in the careers of the Coens, who were also awarded the runner-up Grand Jury Prize for Inside Llewyn Davis in 2013 and the best director award for Fargo in 1996 and The Man Who Wasn't There in 2001. Making them more than qualified to take the prestigious position on the jury, which has previously been occupied by the likes of Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino   

The remaining members of the jury are yet to be announced but stay tuned to Buro 24/7 for all of the festival related news ahead of the May 13 event.