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2013 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Joel & Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis

#2. Joel & Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis

Gist: Follows an aspiring singer-songwriter (Oscar Isaac) as he navigates the 1960s folk-music scene in New York City’s Greenwich Village. T Bone Burnett produced the film’s soundtrack which includes music performed by Isaac, Marcus Mumford and Justin Timberlake, the latter of which is also playing one of the starring roles in the film.

Prediction: With about one out of every three Brothers Coen pictures premiering in Cannes, we can definitely say they’re due (since 2007’s No Country For Old Men walked away empty handed, they’ve made A Serious Man and True Grit, which dropped at TIFF and in general US release, respectively). Despite the apparent period polish, this is believed to be a return to the more idiosyncratic side of the brothers’ sensibility, so a major festival showcase would be ideal for beginning its momentum toward the planned December release. Inside Llewyn Davis is a virtual lock for the Main Comp.






Blake Williams is an avant-garde filmmaker born in Houston, currently living and working in Toronto. He recently entered the PhD program at University of Toronto's Cinema Studies Institute, and has screened his video work at TIFF (2011 & '12), Tribeca (2013), Images Festival (2012), Jihlava (2012), and the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. Blake has contributed to's coverage for film festivals such as Cannes, TIFF, and Hot Docs. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (Talk to Her), Coen Bros. (Fargo), Dardennes (Rosetta), Haneke (Code Unknown), Hsiao-Hsien (Flight of the Red Balloon), Kar-wai (Happy Together), Kiarostami (Where is the Friend's Home?), Lynch (INLAND EMPIRE), Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs), Van Sant (Last Days), Von Trier (The Idiots)

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