Coming Attractions: “Inside Llewyn Davis”

Now that Labor Day weekend is upon, we can hopefully bid farewell to the woeful summer movie season and move on to better things…

At the top of our list is the upcoming Coen Brothers’ film “Inside Llewyn Davis,” loosely based on “The Mayor Of MacDougal Street,” the memoir of folk music great Dave Van Ronk, who was a regular at Saratoga’s Caffe Lena. Just how loosely remains to be seen…

But the film won the prestigious Grand Prix Award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and it’s currently slated for release in late December, a prime slot for awards season consideration.

It stars up-and-coming actor Oscar Isaac as a singer-songwriter navigating the New York City folk scene in 1961, and features a stellar supporting cast, including John Goodman, Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Adam Driver (from “Girls”) and, yes, Justin Timberlake, too.

And the soundtrack was produced by T-Bone Burnett, who of course also worked with the Coen Brothers on the classic “O Brother, Where Art Thou?.” It features a mix of classic folk recordings, original songs featuring Timberlake and Mumford & Sons’ Marcus Mumford (who is married to the film’s co-star Carey Mulligan), Chris Thile and more. Only one Van Ronk recording (“Green, Green Rocky Road”) is scheduled for the soundtrack album, but the disc does include a never-before-released Bob Dylan recording of his song “Farewell.”

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