Most people won't be able to see Inside Llewyn Davis - the new cinematic concoction from Oscar-winning filmmakers Ethan and Joel Coen - before this end-of-year's awards season rolls around. However, Sony is screening the picture for a select few in February, with an expected official premiere at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival in a few months.
Point being: a non-MPAA approved trailer for the advanced screening has found its way online (warning: it contains from NSFW language), offering the rest of us a sneak peek at the Coen Brother's take on the folk music scene in 1960s New York (partially inspired by musician Dave van Ronk's posthumous memoir "The Mayor of MacDougal Street").
It's difficult to gauge what, exactly, is the Coens' perspective on Greenwich Village coffeehouse folk culture - and artists who hung with Bob Dylan and Ramblin' Jack Elliott during the 20th-century counter-cultural revolution - based on the Llewyn Davis trailer; though, their portrayal looks to be best-summarized as, well... Coen-esque (strange personalities and laconic humor abounds in the footage). Similarly, the cinematography and composition is as exquisite and picturesque as ever, with the Coens' recognizable visual style mixed with lighting from the Oscar-nominated director of photography Bruno Delbonnel (who replaced Roger Deakins, since he was busy working on Skyfall when production commenced). It recalls Delbonnel's work with Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amélie) and on tentpole releases like Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Dark Shadows.
The trailer also provides fleeting, but tantalizing, glimpses at the film's impressive acting roster, with Oscar Isaac headlining as Llewyn Davis and reuniting with his Drive costar/onscreen wife Carey Mulligan (who plays Isaac's irritated ex-girlfriend here). Meanwhile, people such as Coen-favorite John Goodman, Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund (On the Road), Adam Driver (Girls), and Oscar-winner F. Murray Abraham (The Grand Budapest Hotel) all show up, often in blink-and-you-miss-them moments. There are even more familiar faces and recognizable character actors awaiting to make an appearance in the actual film.
Suffice it to say: if you're fan of good cinema and/or love everything made by the Coen Brothers to date, this is something you should keep an eye out for.
We will let you know when Inside Llewyn Davis snags an official release date.
Source: The Playlist