Oscar-winning directors Joel and Ethan Coen will enter the Oscars this fall with a new film that began as an anthology series.
Last year, "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" was announced as Netflix's original series that would feature six stories about the American border. Since then, the project has developed into a feature film with a heterogeneous anthology structure. It is scheduled for a world premiere competition at the Venice Film Festival, which has been in vogue in recent years as the starting point for the annual award season, before being released later this year.
"We have always loved anthology films, especially those films shot in Italy in the sixties that take up the work of different directors on a common theme," says a statement by the Coens. "After writing an anthology of Western stories, we tried to do the same, hoping to get the best directors working today, and it was our great luck that both agreed to join in."
It is expected that the film will use Netflix's streaming service by the end of the year along with the necessary theatrical release for the Oscar consideration. The Coens groped in the picture with their usual artistic department heads, including production designer Jess Gonchor, costume designer Mary Zophres and composer Carter Burwell, all former Academy Award nominees.
"Buster Scruggs" joins the rapidly developing year-end glut of prestige productions aimed at the award ceremony. The festival circuit was tapped with hoped-for highlights, such as Damien Chazelle's "First Man", which was danced as the opening night in Venice.
Toronto will feature a number of world premieres, including Steve McQueen's "Witows" and Barry Jenkins "If Beale Street could Speak," while Telluride hosted, among others, the debuts of Jason Reitman's "The Front Runner" and David Lowery should be "Old Man & the Gun".
The Coens & # 39; The latest is also joined by Alfonso Cuarón's black-and-white, semi-autobiographical drama "Roma"; Paul Greengrass & # 39; 22 July, a report on the Norwegian terrorist attacks of 2011; and assuming it qualifies, Orson Welles finally completed "The Other Side of the Wind" in what appears to be Netflix's most promising lineup of Oscar hopefuls to date. All are set on Venice arches.
Joel and Ethan Coen were each nominated for 14 Oscars. They jointly won the original 1996 Academy Award for "Fargo" and the best screenplay, script and screenplay awards for 2007 "No Country for Old Men".
The 75th annual Venice Film Festival takes place from 29th August to 8th September. Look at the complete list here.