I really have this obsession with this film, because of the similarities [with Eden]. I know it’s not the same film at all, and I don’t pretend to make films that look like Coen brothers films. There’s nothing pretentious about that, but it’s true that there is a connection in this parallel you have in both films. Two artists, one who is successful and the other who fails, in a way. The first time I’ve heard about the Coen brothers film was through Greta Gerwig, who had just read my script, and she had also read their script, for some reason, and she was the first one who was really struck by the similarities. I started to, I was like, “Oh, yeah?” She said, “I know. It’s really weird, because I just read the Coen brothers film, and there’s this parallel.” Because I love their work, I was immediately, like, appealed. “Oh, what is this film about?” There was this connection.
Then I saw the trailer, and I was even more fascinated — and then I saw the film, and, honestly, I was devastated. I love the film very much. I love it. I think it’s a masterpiece, for reasons that have to do with what my own film is about, but also for reasons that have nothing to do with it, because, for me, it’s a film about them. I think one thing that moved me so much about it was that, as I understand it, the process of the film, I feel very connected to this kind of process, because me, I make films to remember the people I love and care about.
For me, Inside Llewyn Davis is a film about them, the two brothers, asking themselves, “What if one of you would die? Would I survive?” I really saw the film like that. “What is one of us died? How could I exist without you?” I thought it was so beautiful that they actually made the film. It’s like a dialogue between one another. You could say the film could be from both of their perspectives, you know? It’s about the possibility of losing, about grief in advance. Anyway. [Laughs] When I start talking about Inside Llewyn Davis… it’s a film that really was very important for me, and that I do think there is a very similar parallel between Bob Dylan in Llewyn Davis and Daft Punk with Felix / Paul in my film.