Oh broth­ers! The sib­ling duos who dom­i­nate film

New Straits Times - - World -

CANNES: From the Warner and Lu­miere broth­ers to the Boult­ings, cinema has been marked from its ear­li­est days by re­mark­able sib­ling dou­ble acts.

The Safdie broth­ers — Ben and Josh — are the lat­est di­rect­ing duo to hit the head­lines, the big sur­prise of this year’s Cannes film fes­ti­val, which opens to­day.

The New York­ers, whose new grind­house movie Good Time was de­scribed by its star Robert Pat­tin­son as a “men­tally dam­aged psy­chopath bank rob­bery movie”, are the most eye-catch­ing new­com­ers in the run­ning for the fes­ti­val’s top prize, the Palme d’Or.

They join a long list of broth­ers from the kings of low-brow com­edy, the Far­rellys, to the Coens who have worked to­gether be­hind the cam­era.

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen are mem­bers of the elite club of film­mak­ers who have won best film Os­cars and the Palme d’Or.

The broth­ers be­hind The Ma­trix fran­chise are now in fact sis­ters hav­ing both come out as trans women. Larry be­came Lana in 2010 and Andy Lilly two years ago, in one of the most high-pro­file coming outs in Hol­ly­wood.

Even when broth­ers work hand in glove, there is al­ways room for sib­ling ri­valry. Take the Af­flecks, Ben and Casey, who have a healthy Os­car ri­valry as ac­tors, directors and pro­duc­ers. Ben has two, while Casey won his first last year for Manch­ester by the Sea. AFP

Casey and Ben Af­fleck

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