EXCLUSIVE: We are just about done with the jockeying that places Oscar-bait films in prime slots at prestige festivals. Here’s one to keep an eye on: I’m hearing that the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis will be the AFI Fest‘s Closing Night Gala on Thursday, November 14. The movie, which stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, and Justin Timberlake, won the Grand Prix when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival back in May. The film was also just set for a slot at the New York Film Festival before CBS Films releases it starting December 6. It follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. I saw it at Cannes and like the best Coen Brothers efforts, it is funny and moving in the most unexpected places and is a real breakout vehicle for Isaac as the folk singer hoping he’s good enough to be a leading voice in a burgeoning musical movement. The music is rich, and it’s the fourth collaboration that Coens have had with Oscar-winning music producer T Bone Burnett.
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