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Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" To Close the 49th Chicago International Film Festival

CHICAGO, IL (August 22, 2013) - The 49th Chicago International Film Festival (October 10-24, 2013) announces Joel and Ethan Coen’s INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS as the Festival’s Closing Night Film on October 24 at 7 p.m. at the AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.). Oscar Isaac (who plays the title role) will be in attendance. The film, written and directed by Academy Award® winners Joel and Ethan Coen and based on their original screenplay, was produced by Scott Rudin and Joel and Ethan Coen.  The film stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, and Justin Timberlake.

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS recently won the Grand Prix at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival, and will also screen at this year’s New York Film Festival.  The film, which will be distributed by CBS Films in the U.S., begins its theatrical run on December 6.

“The Coen Brothers’ latest masterpiece takes us back to a vibrant era in American music, one that Chicagoans may particularly appreciate given the city’s rich folk music history,” said Founder and Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival Michael Kutza. “‘INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS is full of mesmerizing performances, especially from the talented Oscar Isaac, who masters the Coen Brothers’ trademark flair for language and world-building.”

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.  Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is at a crossroads.  Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles - some of them of his own making.  Living at the mercy of both friends and strangers, scaring up what work he can find, Llewyn’s misadventures take him from the baskethouses of the Village to an empty Chicago club - on an odyssey to audition for a music mogul - and back again.  

Brimming with music performed by Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan (as Llewyn’s married Village friends), as well as Marcus Mumford and Punch Brothers, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS - in the tradition of O Brother, Where Art Thou? - is infused with the transportive sound of another time and place. An epic on an intimate scale, it represents the Coen Brothers’ fourth collaboration with multiple-Grammy and Academy Award®-winning music producer T Bone Burnett.  Marcus Mumford is associate music producer. 

Nonesuch Records releases the soundtrack to INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS on Tuesday, November 12, 2013. Produced by T Bone Burnett, Joel Coen, and Ethan Coen, with Marcus Mumford as its associate producer, the album features 12 new recordings created especially for the film and soundtrack. Also included is a never-before-released recording of Bob Dylan performing his song “Farewell,” which was originally recorded during the sessions for his album The Times They Are A-Changin', and is available exclusively on this soundtrack.

For more information on the film, please visit: http://www.insidellewyndavis.com/

Festival Passes and Theater Information

Festival Passes are on sale now. Pass options include:

Moviegoer (10 regular admissions): $95 for Cinema/Chicago members, $125 for non-members.

Passport (20 regular admissions): $180 for Cinema/Chicago members, $240 for non-members

Purchase your pass by August 30th and get a $10 discount by using promo code 49Fest10. Passes can be purchased online at www.chicagofilmfestival.com. Individual tickets will be available to Cinema/Chicago members on September 18-20. General public tickets will be on sale on September 21.

Festival screenings will be held at the AMC River East 21 Theater (322 E. Illinois St.). The full schedule will be announced on September 17.

Festival Sponsors
Led by Presenting Partner Columbia College Chicago, the 49th Chicago International Film Festival's sponsors include: Official Airline - American Airlines; Headquarters Hotel - JW Marriott Chicago; Producing Partners: AMC Theaters, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Major Partner: Intersites; Supporting Partners: DePaul University School of Cinema and Interactive Media, Stella Artois, Effen Vodka, WBBM Newsradio 105.9, Cultivate Studios; Participating Partners: State Farm, AARP, Tres Generaciones®, Second City Computers, Shutterbox Entertainment, Gibson’s Restaurant Group, Creative Technology.

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 About CBS Films

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About Cinema/Chicago
Cinema/Chicago is a not-for-profit cultural and educational organization dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image. The Chicago International Film Festival is part of the year-round programs presented by Cinema/Chicago, which also include the International Screenings Program (May-September), the Chicago International Television Competition (April), CineYouth Festival (May), Intercom Competition (October), year-round Education Outreach and Member Screenings Program.