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Coen brothers present new film at Cannes

by AFP Videos 1:27 mins

Coen brothers present new film at Cannes

by AFP Videos 1:27 mins

SHOTLIST DATE: MAY 19, 2013 LOCATION: CANNES, France SOURCE: AFPTV - News conference cutaways SOUNDBITE 1 Ethan Coen, Director (English, 47 sec): "I don't know what to say about the casting thing. Most obviously in this kind of movie it's important and a challenge when you've written a part, is about one character very specific, and the character is almost in every frame in the movie, and the character also has to be an credible musician who sings and picks we want him to do both, who knows play guitar, and has to be, as musician, a performer you want actually spent time with watching him perform entire songs not just the snippin' one and not just one entire song, but different songs with different sorts of feelings. So that was, as I say a casting challenge, and we were just screwed until we met Oscar." - News conference cutaways SOUNDBITE 2 Justin Timberlake, Actor (English, 15 sec) : (regarding his look in the film) "You know probably that I enjoy looking ridiculous in everyday life, so that was not hard for me. I actually liked that bear! " - News conference cutaways /// AFP TEXT STORY /// Entertainment-film-festival-Cannes-US Gatsby star swaps flapper dresses for duffel coats by Helen ROWE =(PICTURE+VIDEO)= CANNES, France, May 19, 2013 (AFP) - "Great Gatsby" actress Carey Mulligan traded in her Tiffany jewellery and Prada-designed flapper dresses for polo necks and duffel coats in her second star turn at the Cannes Film Festival Sunday in the Coen brothers' eagerly anticipated "Inside Llewyn Davis". Mulligan stars with Justin Timberlake and Oscar Isaac as folk singers chasing fame and success in early 1960s New York in a bleakly comic film greeted by one critic as the "best so far at Cannes" while another hailed a "stupendous soundtrack". Mulligan transforms herself into dowdy ratbag Jean, who has just discovered she is pregnant, not by boyfriend Jim, played by Timberlake, but by Llewyn Davis. "Where were we?" Llewyn asks a furious Jean after he interrupts yet another of her tirades to chase down a street after a cat he has lost. "You were calling me a careerist and I was calling you a loser," she tells him to laughs from the Cannes audience before he sets off on a trying road journey to Chicago in search of work. In another scene, Llewyn sings his heart out under the stony gaze of a hard-bitten club owner. As his career dreams slip away, his would-be employer tells him flatly: "I don't see a lot of money here." Guatemalan-born US actor Isaac as Llewyn sang and played guitar live on set for the film, the Coen brothers' first movie in competition for the Palme d'Or since "No Country for Old Men" in 2007. The film was met with warm applause at a press preview on Saturday. "What an intense pleasure this film is, one of the Coens' best, and the best so far at Cannes," said the Guardian. "Above all 'Inside Llewyn Davis' is a revelatory showcase for Isaac, who sings with an angelic voice and turns a potentially unlikable character into a consistently relatable, unmistakably human presence," said US entertainment trade magazine Variety. The Hollywood Reporter praised a "gorgeously made character study leavened with surrealistic dimensions both comic and dark". The latest offering from brothers Joel and Ethan was as "stunning and singular as anything in the Coens' canon", it added. Joel Coen won the Palme d'Or in 1991 for "Barton Fink", and the brothers have made frequent trips to the French Riviera festival with other films selected for the invitation-only competition. "Inside Llewyn Davis" is Mulligan's second Cannes outing this year after her performance as Daisy in Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby", which opened the festival on Wednesday. The 27-year-old British actress, who as a teenager ignored advice to forget acting and "marry a banker", came to the attention of Hollywood after a critically acclaimed debut on Broadway in Chekhov's "The Seagull". She went on to win a best actress Oscar nomination before she was 25 and has since starred in a string of Hollywood movies including "Drive" with Ryan Gosling. har/dlc/jhb

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