Trouble in the mind’ – Deadline

Four-time Oscar winner Ethan Coen spoke about the reasons behind his recent hiatus from film, as well as his comeback with the documentary J.erry lee lewis troubles in the mindwhich makes its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday.

Coen had been making movies with his brother Joel for decades when it emerged that he would not be involved in his recent Apple feature. The tragedy of Macbeth—stimulating curiosity as to whether it could end cinema forever. The separation of the iconic Coen brothers, behind such enduring titles as No country for old men Y Fargo, shocked the world, given the couple’s long and successful creative history. But in an interview with The Associated Press published on Sunday, which shows him in conversation with his wife and creative partner Tricia Cooke, Ethan Coen explains there was “nothing dramatic” driving the move.

“You start when you’re a kid and you want to make a movie. It’s all hype and excitement, we’re going to make a movie. And the first movie is a lot of fun,” said the filmmaker. “And then the second movie is so much fun, almost as much fun as the first. And after 30 years, it’s not that it’s not fun, but it’s more work than it ever was.”

Coen notes that his brother Joel has experienced similar feelings, although “not to the extent” that he has, and then calls them “an inevitable byproduct” of aging. “The last two movies we did, me and Joel together, were really tough in terms of production. I mean, very difficult. So if you don’t have to, you get to a point: Why am I doing this? he said. “It was getting a bit old and difficult… the production experience… More routine and less fun.”

Coen said his return to cinema with the Jerry Lewis documentary, first shown as part of the 2022 Cannes lineup, came about given the fact that he “started to get bored” and “claustrophobic” during the Covid lockdown. . It was during this period that his old friend T-Bone Burnett approached Coen and Cooke about making their first documentary, noting that it would be an archival-heavy project, which they could complete at home. Coen suggested that this notion was too compelling to reject, calling Burnett “a lifesaver”.

During his time with AP, Coen was also asked if he might one day be able to direct alongside his brother again, explaining that he’s not sure yet. “Going our separate ways seems to suggest that it could be final. But none of this definitely happened. None of the decisions is final,” he remarked. “We could do another movie. I don’t know what my next movie will be after this one. The pandemic is over. I became a big baby and got bored and quit, and then the pandemic happened. Then other things happen and who knows.”

The Coens won their first Oscar for their Fargo screenplay in 1997, claiming three statuettes—in the categories of Best Picture, Direction, and Adapted Screenplay—for his 2007 film No country for old men. Ethan Coen’s first document Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in the Mind promises to deliver an electrifying insight into the complex life and thrilling, unparalleled performances of rock and roll’s earliest and wildest practitioner: Jerry Lee Lewis. A24 will release the photo later this year.

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