Ethan Coen

Tribute at FICCI 59

Joel and Ethan Coen have become icons of world cinema. The brothers‘ multiple collaborations have earned them five awards at the Cannes Film Festival, four at the Oscars, two BAFTAs, and one Golden Globe. Their films combine genres, portray eccentric characters, weave complex plots and black humor, and are influenced by literary sources and genres of classical cinema, especially film noir. Ethan, the younger of the pair, will be honored with a tribute and the presentation of two of his most outstanding films.
Ethan Coen trained in philosophy at Princeton and then began working with his brother writing film scripts. In the dawn of the eighties, while Joel was a production and editing assistant for horror films such as The Evil Dead (1981) by Sam Raimi, Ethan began writing for the Cagney & Lacey police series. The brothers would go on to write Raimi's second feature with him, Crimewave (1985).

From Blood Simple (1984) to The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018), the most recent film, this "two-headed director" has built a successful and prolific career around a particular narrative style, crafting films where irony, chromatic darkness, and certain violence combine in a unique formulation.

To mention only Ethan's most outstanding films would not do justice to the other titles of his wonderful filmography. However, No Country for Old Men (2007) received the Oscar for Best Film, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Director, in addition to the Golden Globe for Best Screenplay and the Best Director Award at the BAFTAs. Fargo (1996), the brothers' biggest box office success at the time, received the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival and the BAFTAs, as well as the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. The films The Man Who Wasn't There (2001) and Barton Fink (1991) earned the Best Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival, as well as the Palme d'Or for the latter. In 2013, Inside Llewyn Davis took the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes.

Ethan Coen has also written for the theater and composed short stories and poetry. Gates of Eden (1998), a collection of stories influenced by noir themes and his own youth, is among his most notable work.

FICCI 59 will honor his outstanding work in a tribute that includes screenings of two of his films: Fargo and No Country for Old Men.