The movies will arrive soon enough, but on Wednesday, the Telluride Film Festival kicked off its 40th edition with music.
Bluegrass group the Punch Brothers played an hourlong set at the Town Park to a crowd of locals and newly arrived festival guests. Among those bopping their heads in the crowd were filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, while the Punch Brothers played set that included tunes from several of the siblings’ films, including “The Big Lebowski” and “O Brother Where Art Thou?”
Towards the end of the set, the group unveiled two songs from “Inside Llewyn Davis,” the Coens’ Cannes-acclaimed new film, which screens at Telluride this weekend in conjunction with a tribute to the brothers and their regular musical collaborator T. Bone Burnett. While Burnett was scheduled to appear onstage at the Punch Brothers concert, a canceled flight prevented him from making it in time. However, the band was joined by “Llewyn Davis” star Oscar Isaac on guitar and vocals for the second song from the film, “Fare Thee Well, My Honey.” While thunderclouds frequently threatened to overtake the performance, the rain held back until the very end, just long enough to provide an ideal sneak peek at what’s bound to become one of the most talked about soundtracks of the year. Check out a video of the performance below.
CBS Films releases “Inside Llewyn Davis” on December 20th.