Year of production: 1996
Director: Joel Coen
Screenwriters: Joel & Ethan Coen
Producers: Joel & Ethan Coen
Director of Photography: Roger Deakins
Cast: Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
Fargo is a reality-based crime drama set in Minnesota in 1987. Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) is a car salesman in Minneapolis who has gotten himself into debt and is so desperate for money that he hires two thugs (Steve Buscemi), (Peter Stormare) to kidnap his own wife. Jerry will collect the ransom from her wealthy father (Harve Presnell), paying the thugs a small portion and keeping the rest to satisfy his debts. The scheme collapses when the thugs shoot a state trooper.
Fargo was premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 1996. Joel Coen received the Best Director Award. The film had global success and won two Oscars: Best Screenplay (Joel and Ethan Coen) and Best Actress in a Leading Role (Frances McDormand) as well as nominations for Best Motion Picture (Ethan Coen) and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (William H. Macy).