'Inside Llewyn Davis' brings the sunshine out in Cannes

Based on an early wave of rapturous tweets and reviews, it appears the 2013 Cannes Film Festival has its first truly great film: Joel and Ethan Coen's 1960s folk drama "Inside Llewyn Davis." Starring Oscar Isaac as the title folk singer and a cast of recognizable stars (ranging from Carey Mulligan to Justin Timberlake to John Goodman to "Girls" favorite Adam Driver), "Inside Llewyn Davis" follows a down-on-his-luck musician and his attempts to break through to stardom. The film is set for release on Dec. 6 via CBS Films; "Davis" will expand wider on Dec. 20.


Photocall Inside Llewyn Davis - Cannes 2013 por korky9
you’d think Timberlake was the star, there were so many pictures of him at the source…

The Coens.

when did he get so grey?


Conférence de Presse Inside Llewyn davis... por korky9
In english here - http://www.festival-cannes.fr/en/mediaPlayer/13032.html#

Interview Inside Llewyn Davis - Cannes 2013 por korky9

Indiewire was on the scene at the press conference the day following the film's premiere. Here are 9 highlights:

Why Bruno Delbonnel ("Amelie," "Dark Shadows") shot the film instead of the Coen Bros. frequent collaborator Roger Deakins:
Joel Coen: "In this case, Roger was shooting James Bond for six of seven years… We've worked with Bruno before [on their "Paris Je T'aime" short film] and had such a great time with him. He was good enough to come over and help us out on this one."

There was a lot of laughter on set:
Oscar Isaac: "There was a lot of laughter. In between takes I was smiling from ear to ear."
Garret Hedlund: "I've never laughed on set as much as I did on this one."
Joel Coen: "We did laugh a lot. In fact, we ruined a lot of sound takes."

Justin Timberlake's musician in the film was inspired by folk singer Paul Clayton.
Justin Timberlake: "Jordan, Ethan and myself spoke about a look for Jim [his character in the film]. We found a picture of Paul Calyton who sang traditional folk songs. The more we talked about it the more we thought it was appropriate for Jim."

Carey Mulligan got the role without having to sing for Joel and Ethan (she does sing in the film).
Carey Mulligan: "I'm very nervous of singing in front of people. We had a week before we started shooting. T Bone, Joel and Ethan have the ability to make you feel very comfortable. I sang one line in the background -- you can get away with a lot. I just told them I could sing to get the job."
For Justin Timberlake, success isn't measured by how his work is received.
Justin Timberlake: "There's a lot of analysis now on what might be successful. For those of us who spawn something out of an idea, I don't know if I'd measure success on how it's perceived in the end. When it's done and it's out there and has to live in the ether. Don't get caught up in the rat race of what might be perceived in a certain way."

The Coen Bros. didn't intend to lampoon the folk music scene with the film.
Joel Coen: "I think you can see in the movie that we have a genuine fondness and respect for it. It was never intended as a parody. Not to say that there aren't funny things about folk music. There are (laughs)."

The Coen Bros. love to surprise with their casting choices.
Joel Coen: "We often think about specific actors when we write and sometimes we write parts for them. Sometimes we write parts not knowing who's going to play them, and often in those cases we think, 'Wouldn't it be interesting to see an actor do something entirely different' -- wanting to see someone do something out of totally left field."
Ethan Coen: "It's fun to see Carey swear like a stevedore."

Justin Timberlake has a deep love for folk music.
Justin Timberlake: "As far as singing in the movie, obviously it's on the surface a very different style from the music I make in real life. But I grew up in Tennessee, the birth place of rock and roll and a lot of country music. My first music lessons were given by my grandfather who taught me how to finger pick. It felt warm and fuzzy to be in this movie and singing."

There might be a live and a traditional soundtrack coming out down the line.
T Bone: "We recorded the whole show in advance and we recorded it all live. Before you get in front of cameras you want to know that you have it down, especially when you're going live. It's a small film. We're going to do everything we can to keep it alive."



omw, even this crank liked it.

A few reviews
Guy Lodge, In Contention

Early on, I feared this beauty was at the service of one of the Coens’ wispier films, though its sensual textures prove part of its very substance. If there’s a sense of slightness that never quite leaves “Inside Llewyn Davis,” that’s for the good in a story that, to some extent, is about life’s slightness, and the scattered moments of bliss – a hit, a song, a round of applause – that fleetingly make it whole.

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Ultimately, the heartrending thing about Inside Llewyn Davis is its meditation on career success and career failure, and the unknowable moment when the one turns into the other. The Coens allow us to be unsure about the point of Llewyn's music: is it obviously brilliant and destined for success? Or is the point rather that he is talented, but not in a way that guarantees triumph? Llewyn is at least partly depressed about the way mediocrities do well in this world: silly singing acts in cable-knit sweaters. He could just be ahead of his time, but will the imminent arrival of Bob Dylan mean that his kind of difficult music will finally get what it deserves? Or just consign him even more brutally to an honourable second place? The intense sadness that permeates every chord and every note of his music, could be a desperate requiem for his own dreams, his own musical career. What an intense pleasure this film is, one of the Coens' best, and the best so far at Cannes.

Dave Calhoun, Time Out London

The film's on the right side of nostalgic, too, and nowhere near the warped, exaggerated visions of musical revolutions that cinema often opts for. At its core is a character, Davis, played with a lot of sympathy, although not without an unpalatable edge and totally selfish streak, by Isaac.

Scott Foundas, Variety

The result is a movie that neatly avoids the problems endemic to most period movies — and biopics in particular — in favor of a playful, evocatively subjective reality. Perhaps most surprising to some viewers will be the pic’s surfeit of something the Coens have sometimes been accused of lacking: deep, heartfelt sincerity.

Todd McCarthy, THR

Faced with playing a man one would learn to steer clear of in real life, Isaac deftly manages the task of making Llewyn compulsively watchable. The one question some might be left with is, why are we watching the story of a loser instead of a winner? But part of the point is that often there’s but a hair’s-breadth difference between the two.

Craig Kennedy, Living in Cinema

Inside Llewyn Davis is kind of sad and a little bit haunting despite being ripe with the expected off kilter humor. It’s a beautiful, melancholy rumination on the capricious nature of success.

Kevin Jagernauth, The Playlist

Definitely a bit darker than people might expect, particularly in the latter stages, "Inside Llewyn Davis" celebrates those whose moment at fame will forever be a phantom. Llewyn Davis is endlessly striving, gets knocked down and picks himself up again, brushes off his rumpled clothes and gives it another go. He'll make mistakes, he'll fuck up, he'll be down and out and perhaps even on top if ever so briefly. But when that light goes on, and you can connect for even four minutes on stage, in a club you've played hundreds of times, sometimes that's enough. "Inside Llewyn Davis" isn't about someone trying to make it big, but someone just trying to make it, and the Coens celebrate the hard road that can inspire great art.

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