Cannes: Jake Gyllenhaal Jokes Jury Was Split Into Two Teams Under Presidents Joel and Ethan Coen

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The competition jury — chaired by two people for the first time — assembled before the press.

With the Cannes Film Festival appointing two presidents of the main competition jury for the first time, there was much concern at Wednesday’s press conference as to how Joel and Ethan Coen would lead the pack of decision makers and who would be setting the agenda.

“We’ve all been split up into either the Ethan group or the Joel group,” joked Jake Gyllenhaal. “We’re not allowed to talk about who’s in what group, but after a while you might start to understand. And that was purely based on personality — we had no choice.”

Almost all the jury members — which also includes Sienna Miller, Xavier Dolan, Sophie Marceau, Guillermo del Toro, Rossy de Palma and Rokia Traore — admitted that the one thing they were excited about was actually getting to watch films.

“I have all this time to see nothing but films; it doesn’t always happen,” admitted Marceau. “A fortnight like this is quite exceptional in anyone’s life.”

Added Gyllenhaal: “I’m thrilled to see films before anyone has seen them. And for free!”

Del Toro, meanwhile, reflected on his first trip to Cannes in 1993, back when he "didn’t have hair on my ears."

His first Croisette visit as a 21-year-old with his debut feature, the vampire horror Cronos, saw Del Toro win the Critics’ Week grand prize, kicking off a career spanning some of the past decade's biggest films.

“It changed my life, so I know how important it can be,” he said, although he claimed his plans to slim down so he could fit into his old Cannes clothes sadly failed.

“I had no hope, so I had to buy more suits.”