Oh brothers! The sibling duos who dominate film
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