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Inside Llewyn Davis

Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, Advance Screening for Walker members

“An ode to art for art’s sake, Inside Llewyn Davis is the most innocent movie of the Coens’ career, which in their case is a downright radical achievement.” —Indiewire

The newest film from Academy Award–winners Joel and Ethan Coen chronicles a week in the life of Llewyn (Oscar Isaac), a folk singer trying to make it in 1960s Greenwich Village. Finding himself at a crossroads in life—living on the couch of newlyweds (Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake) and scaring up any work he can find—Llewyn sets out on a series of misadventures, taking him from the basket houses of the Village to a music mogul’s club in Chicago. “A boldly original, highly emotional journey through Greenwich Village nightclubs, a bleak New York winter, and one man’s fraught efforts to reconcile his life and his art” (Variety).

Inside Llewyn Davis balances an intimate plot with original music arranged by T-Bone Burnett (O Brother, Where Are Thou?, Crazy Heart), infusing the film with sounds of another time and place. “Scene for scene, Inside Llewyn Davis makes its main character’s every gesture and quirk a tiny revelation, and along with cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel, the directors find elegant, inventive ways to visualize his situation, authentically capturing what makes city dwelling at once so inviting and forbidding” (Reverse Shot).

The Coens, who were honored with a Regis Dialogue at the Walker in 2009, open this new film on December 20 for an exclusive run at the Uptown Theater. Nominated for the Palm D’Or and Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival 2013, Inside Llewyn Davis was also nominated for the Grand Marnier Fellowship Award at the 2013 New York Film Festival. 2013, DCP, 105 minutes.

This advance screening is for Walker members only; limit 2 tickets per member. Free tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 6:30 pm on the evening of the screening.