Joel Coen is an American writer, producer and screenwriter, born in 1954 in St Louis, Minnesota. In collaboration with his brother Ethan, he has made 18 films, including No Country For Old Men, Fargo, Blood Simple, True Grit, The Big Lebowski, A Serious Man, Inside Llewyn Davis, Raising Arizona, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, to name but a few. The Coen brothers have been nominated for thirteen Oscars, plus one individual nomination for each. They have won four Academy Awards: Best Picture, Director, and Adapted Screenplay for No Country For Old Men, as well as Best Original Screenplay for Fargo. Other awards include those by the National Board of Review, Golden Globes, BAFTA, WGA, and DGA. At Cannes Film Festival they have won Best Director three times, the Grand Prix, and the Palme D’Or. The brothers’ movie The Big Lebowski has gained a massive cult following culminating with the annual Lebowski Fest and Dudeism, a religion, philosophy, or lifestyle inspired by the protagonist of the movie. The Tragedy of Macbeth is Joel’s 19th feature film and his solo directorial debut.