Coens' folk revival 'Llewyn' serenades Cannes
From left, director Joel Coen, actors Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, director Ethan Coen, actor John Goodman and musician T-Bone Burnett arrive for the screening of the film Inside Llewyn Davis at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
CANNES, France (AP) — The Coen brothers' resurrection of the pre-Dylan folk scene in Greenwich Village serenaded Cannes with its period music and melancholy tale of a self-destructive, feline-toting musician.
"Inside Llewyn Davis" was met rapturously at the Cannes Film Festival, where it premiered Sunday night. Joel and Ethan Coen said their primary interest was to recreate the atmosphere of the late 1950s, very early '60s folk revival amid the coffee shops of downtown New York.
Actors John Goodman, left, and Justin Timberlake arrive for the screening of the film Inside Llewyn Davis at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
"The movie doesn't really have a plot," Joel Coen told reporters at the festival. "That actually concerned us at a certain point. It's why we threw the cat in."
The film stars the relatively unknown Oscar Isaac as a talented but adrift singer-songwriter trying to attract attention after the suicide of his singing partner as he bounces from couch to couch. In tow is a cat — a kind of symbol for Llewyn's tenuous decency — that he reluctantly shepherds after it escapes from a friend's apartment.
Cast members, from left, Garrett Hedlund, T-Bone Burnett, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Joel Coen, Carey Mulligan, Oscar Isaac, and Ethan Coen pose for photographers as they arrive for the screening of Inside Llewyn Davis at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 19, 2013. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Isaac's performance as the caustic, frustrated Isaac drew immediate raves at Cannes and predictions of an Oscar nomination. CBS Films will release "Inside Llewyn Davis" this fall in the heart of awards season.
"It's really the music where you see his soul come out," Isaac said.