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Coen brothers win $1m Dan David Prize in Israel

The moviemaking brothers Joel and Ethan Coen have been awarded a prize worth $1 million.

The Dan David Foundation gives three prizes every year, in past, present and future categories.

The Coen brothers won the "present" category for work that was described as "unique in the history of filmmaking."

Joel Coen said Sunday he had wanted to visit Israel for a long time and mentioned that his mother had lived in Israel.

The Coens have co-written and co-directed well-known films such as The Big Lebowski, Fargo, No Country for Old Men and True Grit.

International businessman and philanthropist Dan David has been granting the awards since 2001. Previous winners include Al Gore, Amos Oz, Tony Blair and Yo-Yo Ma.

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On the web: www.dandavidprize.org

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