Coen brothers release teaser trailer for film competing at Cannes


Minneapolis-born filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen are promoting the debut of "Inside Llewyn Davis" at the Cannes Film Festival with the release of a teaser trailer and first official poster for the film.

The teaser -- which is technically a red band trailer because of language and sexual suggestions -- introduces us to Llewyn Davis (Oscar Issac), a folk singer navigating his way through the folk music scene in New York City in the 1960s.

The trailer also features stars Carey Mulligan ("The Great Gatsby"), Justin Timberlake, F. Murray Abraham, Roseau, Minn., native Garrett Hedlund and frequent Coen brothers collaborator John Goodman.

While its being billed as a music drama, the trailer plenty of the Coens' brand of dark humor and trademark quirky characters. Playing over the trailer is Minnesota native Bob Dylan's classic "Farewell."

The title of the film derives from the musician's eponymous album, "Inside Llewyn Davis," which is shown near the end of the trailer.

Like their other films, "Inside Llewyn Davis" is co-directed and co-written by the Coens. The brothers also co-edited the film under the pseudonym Roderick Jaynes.

"Inside Llewyn Davis" is one of 20 films featured in competition at Cannes, which gets underway Wednesday in the South of France and runs through May 26. Filmmaker Steven Spielberg is heading up the jury, which will award the festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or.

The film will be released in U.S. theaters Dec. 7 in select markets and will expand to more screens Dec. 20 -- a move designed to get the film attention before the Oscar nominations are announced in January.

See the trailer for "Inside Llewyn Davis" below. Disclaimer: Trailer contains some swearing and sexual suggestions.

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