Josh and Benny Safdie
April 3, 1984
February 24, 1986
New York City, U.S.
|Alma mater||Boston University|
Benny: Ava Safdie
Joshua Safdie(born April 3, 1984) and Benjamin Safdie (born February 24, 1986) are American independent filmmakers based in New York City, who frequently collaborate on their films. They are best known for writing and directing the crime thriller films Good Time (2017) starring Robert Pattinson and Uncut Gems (2019) starring Adam Sandler.
In addition to writing and directing, both Josh and Benny serve in a variety of key positions including acting, editing, shooting, mixing sound, and producing their films. They have also frequently collaborated with Ronald Bronstein, who has co-written and edited all of their narrative features beginning with the 2009 film Daddy Longlegs . Other recurring collaborators include composer Oneohtrix Point Never and cinematographer Sean Price Williams.
The Safdie brothers were raised in New York, the children of Amy and Alberto Safdie.They spent their childhood living between their father in Queens and their mother and stepfather in Manhattan. The Safdie brothers are Jewish. Their father, who is a Sephardic Jew of Syrian-Jewish descent, was raised in France and in Italy. Their mother is an Ashkenazi Jew of Russian-Jewish descent.
They began making films at a young age, inspired by their film-enthusiast father, Alberto.They graduated from Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School in Manhattan. At Boston University, they co-founded the creative collective Red Bucket Films with Alex Kalman, Sam Lisenco, Brett Jutkiewicz, and Zachary Treitz. Josh and Benny Safdie graduated from Boston University College of Communication in 2007 and 2008, respectively. They claim "turmoil of their youth", as children of divorced parents, became an inspiration for later work. Famed Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie is their great uncle, and they are also related to his son, playwright Oren Safdie.
The brothers grew up as fans of basketball and the New York Knicks. The duo try to watch every game together.Basketball is prominently featured in Lenny Cooke and Uncut Gems.
In 2007, Josh Safdie was hired by Andy Spade and Anthony Sperduti to create a short film featuring Kate Spade Handbags.He devised a concise story about the adventures of a kleptomaniac woman. Eleonore Hendricks, who co-wrote the screenplay, portrayed the lead role. The project eventually turned into a feature film. The film, titled The Pleasure of Being Robbed , had its world premiere at the 2008 South by Southwest. It also screened in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, along with a short film The Acquaintances of a Lonely John directed by Benny Safdie.
Their second feature film, Daddy Longlegs , had its world premiere under the title Go Get Some Rosemaryin the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. Starring Ronald Bronstein, it was inspired by the filmmakers' younger years living with their father, Albert. Bronstein won the Breakthrough Actor Award at the Gotham Independent Film Awards 2010. The film won the John Cassavetes Award at the 26th Independent Spirit Awards.
Their first full-length documentary film, Lenny Cooke , follows the life of Lenny Cooke, a once phenom high school basketball player, from adolescence to manhood.The film premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.
In 2014, the Safdie Brothers produced Heaven Knows What under their Elara Pictures banner.The film centers around the real-life stories written in a book titled Mad Love in New York City by lead actress Arielle Holmes. The film had its world premiere at the 71st Venice International Film Festival. It also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, and the Tokyo International Film Festival.
The Safdies directed the 2017 crime film Good Time , starring Robert Pattinson and Benny Safdie as siblings.The film was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.
The Safdies directed Uncut Gems , starring Adam Sandler, with Martin Scorsese serving as an executive producer.The film was inspired by their father's time working in the Manhattan Diamond District. It had its world premiere at the 2019 Telluride Film Festival. Theatrically released in the United States in 2019, it received critical acclaim and became one of A24's highest-grossing releases.
In December 2017, The Hollywood Reporter announced that The Safdies will helm the 48 Hrs. remake with the script being written by Josh Safdie, Ronald Bronstein, and Jerrod Carmichael.In December 2019, the Safdies elaborated in an interview with The A.V. Club , saying the film was still being made but it would no longer be a remake. Their script would instead be "re-shifted into something original."
In February 2020, Showtime ordered a pilot for The Curse, a parody of HGTV starring Nathan Fielder and Benny Safdie. Fielder is set to co-write the show with the Safdies, and both brothers are to co-direct.
|2006||We're Going to the Zoo||The Hitchhiker||Short film|
|The Ralph Handel Story||The Director (voice)||Short film|
|2007||The Back of Her Head||Him||Short film|
|2008||The Pleasure of Being Robbed||Josh|
|2009||Taking Woodstock||Documentary Cameraman||Uncredited|
|La corsa||Alessandro||Short film|
|2013||Lydia Hoffman Lydia Hoffman||Bruce||Short film|
|Stand Clear of the Closing Doors||Fighter|
|2015||This Summer Feeling||Thomas|
|2016||Togetherness||Craddock Brother #1||Episode: "Advanced Pretend"|
|2004||Alberto Lives in a Bathroom||Benny the Salesman||Short film|
|2005||I Think I'm Missing Parts||Short film|
|2006||If You See Something, Say Something||Business Man 2||Short film|
|The Ralph Handel Story||Ralph Handel||Short film|
|2007||John's Lonely Trip to Coney Island||John||Short film|
|2008||The Story of Charles Riverbank||Charles Riverbank||Short film|
|There's Nothing You Can Do||Short film|
|The Acquaintances of a Lonely John||John||Short film|
|2009||La corsa||Federico||Short film|
|2010||John's Gone||John||Short film|
|2012||Solid Gold||Goldman||Short film|
|2016||Togetherness||Craddock Brother #2||Episode: "Advanced Pretend"|
|2017||Person to Person||Eugene|
|Good Time||Nick Nikas|
|2020||Goldman v Silverman||Al Silverman||Short film|
|Pieces of a Woman||Chris|
|2021||Licorice Pizza||Joel Wachs||Post-production|
|TBA||Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret||Herb Simon||Post-production|
|2015||Ariel Pink||"I Need a Minute"||Heaven Knows What: Original Music From The Film|
|Oneohtrix Point Never||"The Pure and the Damned"||Good Time (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)|
|2020||"Lost But Never Alone"||Magic Oneohtrix Point Never|
Their artistic influences included the cinematic works of John Cassavetes, Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino as well as underground comix artist Robert Crumb and author Irvine Welsh.
Benny Safdie named the Robert Bresson's film A Man Escaped as his favorite film of all time.
Robert Bresson was a French film director.
Adam Richard Sandler is an American actor, comedian, and filmmaker. He was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1990 to 1995, before going on to star in many Hollywood films, which have combined to earn more than $2 billion at the box office. Sandler had an estimated net worth of $420 million in 2020, and signed a further four-movie deal with Netflix worth over $250 million.
A Man Escaped or: The Wind Bloweth Where It Listeth is a 1956 French film directed by Robert Bresson. It is based on the memoirs of André Devigny, a member of the French Resistance held in Montluc prison by the occupying Germans during World War II. The protagonist of the film is called Fontaine. Bresson himself was imprisoned by the Germans as a member of the French Resistance. The second part of the title comes from the Bible.
Daddy Longlegs is a 2009 American comedy drama film directed by Josh and Benny Safdie. It stars Ronald Bronstein, Sage Ranaldo, and Frey Ranaldo. It tells the story of a divorced projectionist and his two sons. The film had its world premiere under the title Go Get Some Rosemary in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2009. It was released in the United States on May 14, 2010.
Daniel Lopatin, best known by the recording alias Oneohtrix Point Never or OPN, is a Brooklyn-based American experimental electronic music producer, composer and singer-songwriter. He began releasing synth-based recordings in the mid-2000s, receiving initial acclaim for the 2009 compilation Rifts, and has subsequently explored varied approaches, styles and aesthetics, including sample-based composition, kitschy MIDI production and experimentation with musical clichés.
American actor-comedian Adam Sandler has had an extensive career in acting, producing and screenwriting.
Ronald Bronstein is an American film director, screenwriter, editor and actor. He directed, wrote and edited the 2007 film Frownland.
Good Time is a 2017 American crime thriller film directed by Josh and Benny Safdie and written by Josh Safdie and Ronald Bronstein. It stars Robert Pattinson as a robber who tries to free his mentally disabled brother, all while eluding his own capture. Barkhad Abdi, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Buddy Duress co-star. The original soundtrack was by electronic musician Oneohtrix Point Never. The film was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or in the 2017 Cannes Film Festival's main competition section. It received critical acclaim for Pattinson's performance, the direction, story, and soundtrack.
The Independent Spirit Award for Best Editing is one of the annual awards given by Independent Spirit Awards, a non-profit organization dedicated to independent film and independent filmmakers.
Good Time is a soundtrack album by electronic musician Oneohtrix Point Never, containing the score for the Safdie brothers' 2017 film Good Time. It was released on August 10, 2017 via Warp Records.
Uncut Gems is a 2019 American crime thriller film directed by Josh and Benny Safdie, who co-wrote the screenplay with Ronald Bronstein. The film stars Adam Sandler as Howard Ratner, an American Jewish jeweler and gambling addict in New York City's Diamond District, who must retrieve an expensive gem he purchased to pay off his debts. The film also stars Lakeith Stanfield, Julia Fox, Kevin Garnett, Idina Menzel, and Eric Bogosian. Filming took place from September to November 2018. The original score was composed by Daniel Lopatin.
Lenny Cooke is a 2013 American sports documentary film directed by Josh and Benny Safdie. It tells the life of the former high school basketball player Lenny Cooke. The film had its world premiere at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival on April 18, 2013. It was released in the United States in limited theaters on December 6, 2013.
The 91st National Board of Review Awards, honoring the best in film for 2019, were announced on December 3, 2019.
The 45th Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, given by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), honored the best in film for 2019.
Julia Fox is an Italian-American actress and filmmaker. She is best known for her debut performance in the 2019 film Uncut Gems, for which she was nominated for the Breakthrough Actor Award at the 2019 Gotham Awards.
The 24th San Diego Film Critics Society Awards were announced on December 9, 2019.
Uncut Gems is a soundtrack album by electronic musician Daniel Lopatin, containing the original score for the Safdie brothers' 2019 film Uncut Gems. It was released via Warp on December 13, 2019. It received positive reviews from critics. It peaked at number 44 on the UK Soundtrack Albums Chart.
The 40th Boston Society of Film Critics Awards, honoring the best in filmmaking in 2019, were given on December 15, 2019.
Wayne Diamond is an American fashion designer.
Benny Safdie: "Then the second one – and let’s say, this was in no particular order – but A Man Escaped, the [Robert] Bresson movie. That has to be my favorite movie of all time, just because it always makes me cry at the end, because I feel like I’ve achieved something that the character achieves. And it tells you what happens in the title, and it makes it no less suspenseful the entire way. You’re literally feeling the sound of the gravel as he puts his foot down – those shots of the foot or the spoon going into the slot. All of these things, the editing of it, the character, the way he’s using these actors who you don’t really know, they just – you feel like they’re real people. It’s just so perfectly put together, and it’s something where I kind of feel like I’m going along with the escape in a way that’s just done by a master. In a weird way, I feel like Bresson is the Fontaine character in that movie. But what’s weird is I’ve watched it again recently, and I had a totally different feeling of it, where it was more about society and how people are talking to each other. And then you realize Bresson is just kind of making the same movie every time, just with different [settings and characters]. One’s World War II, one’s Lancelot."
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