'A Serious Man' sets U.S. premiere date

Joel and Ethan Coen's film to debut on Sept. 24

Joel and Ethan Coen's "A Serious Man" will have its U.S. premiere at the inaugural edition of the Friars Club Comedy Film Festival on Sept. 24 at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City. Focus will release the film in select cities on Oct. 2.

The fest's executive director Charlie Prince said, "'A Serious Man' is one of their most unique and accomplished movies. It's ideal to open our festival with, because it goes to the core of what is dark and personal -- yet ever-present -- in humor."

In announcing the new four-day festival, Friars Club executive director Michael Gyure said it is a logical extension of the club's comedic history, noting, "Our Friars have starred in many of the world's best-loved comedy movies; from the Marx Brothers and Frank Sinatra's 'Rat Pack,' to Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg. This festival will both showcase classic comedies and give new comedy films an arena to find an audience."