In the August Total Film magazine, Brady Corbet and Robert Pattinson talked about The Childhood of a Leader:
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The Childhood of A Leader Director Brady Corbet recently did a Q&A with Variety where he spoke about developing the script for the movie, how he chose his cast, finding the right location to film, his hopes for the movie and more.
If you happen to live in, or near, Pleasantville, New York then there will be a screening of The Childhood of a Leader followed by a Q&A with Brady Corbet this Sunday (25th Oct) at the Jacob Burns Film Center. More details and links to purchase tickets can be found HERE.
Variety: How would you describe your film, “The Childhood of a Leader”?
Brady Corbet: The film is a chronicle of the childhood experiences of a megalomaniac at the end of the first world war. We were not too interested in pointing at specific instances of cause and effect, however, so the film strings together a series of episodes that evoke the possibility of causality but is designed to leave viewers to identify their own prompting factors.
Variety: Is it a script you developed yourself? What was the process?
Corbet: I began writing a version of the script on my own ten years ago. I put it down because I was worried it was “too big” to make as a debut picture. My partner, Mona Fastvold, convinced me to pick it back up and she breathed new life into it. We finished it together
Variety: How did you cast the film?
Corbet: We offered roles to our adult cast members, and held simple auditions (one page of text) for the boys reading for the main role. Des Hamilton and his great team found Tom Sweet and brought him in. Tom was everything we had envisioned and more. He is the film’s greatest triumph.
Variety: How did Robert Pattinson get involved?
Corbet: Robert Pattinson is a friend of ours, and we really have a lot of common interests and tastes. He’s really charismatic, and we thought it would be wonderful to apply that charisma to these very early, seemingly unimportant sequences, and only really by the end of the film do you realise how significant they are.
Variety: Where did you shoot, and what were you looking for, location-wise?
Corbet: The story is mostly set in France but was shot in Hungary at the strong suggestion of our production designer and creative partner Jean-Vincent Puzos. This was not only for tax reasons, which suited the production, but because he knew how extraordinary the crews were there… We were seeking out massive set-pieces with the bones of what we had in mind already in place as we couldn’t afford to build much.
Variety: What are your hopes for the film?
Corbet: Our hopes have already been exceeded in some ways. The prizes for best director and best debut film at Venice have helped very much for the film’s awareness, so now we just hope that audiences continue to keep an open mind to the experience.
Read the Full Q&A over at Variety.com
The Childhood of a Leader director, Brady Corbet, attended a Kenzo-hosted premiere for a short film by Gregg Araki in Paris on Friday, July 3rd. WWD was able to snag some quotes about TCOAL and a picture of Corbet.
Excerpt from Women’s Wear Daily:
As guests gathered to watch the film on a giant screen, Araki chatted up a storm with Brady Corbet, who is putting the finishing touches to his directorial debut, “The Childhood of a Leader,” starring Robert Pattinson, Stacy Martin and Bérénice Bejo. Before anyone asks, the feature is not about Adolf Hitler or Benito Mussolini.
“The entire film is a kind of fable set around the weaknesses of the Treaty of Versailles, which is a very particular subject. But the film takes a lot of poetic license. It starts off in a place that is very correct and accurate in terms of the history, and then at a certain point, decisively takes a dive into a virtual history,” he explained.
“It’s a very, very ambitious art project and so everything that’s great about it is also what’s been very painful to make happen,” Corbet added, noting that the movie features a grand orchestral score by musician Scott Walker and should be ready by the end of the year.
One of the The Childhood of A Leader producers, Helena Danielsson spoke to Sydsvenskan where she mentioned hopes for the Venice Film Festival and shared a new still from the movie.
Check out the still and a translation of the interview (using Google Translate) below.
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Malmo Producer makes film about the Treaty of Versailles with Robert Pattinson
An English-language feature film with Robert Pattinson is about to end. Soon await the big international film about Greta Garbo. The award-winning film producer Helena Danielsson from Malmö has his eyes fixed far beyond the borders of Sweden.
Helena Danielsson has produced such films as “Svinalängorna”, “A Rational” and “The Hidden Child”. A few weeks ago she came home to Malmö again after making her first English-language feature film in Budapest. A Budapest would imagine Paris in the early 1900s. Behind the movie “The Childhood of a Leader” stands actor Brady Corbet who now makes his directorial debut. Corbet is for certain known from Michael Haneke’s American remake of “Funny Games” and for others from the TV series “24”. And anyone who has seen Ruben Östlund “Tourist” has seen Corbet in a small supporting role.
– It is not easy if you are a young American to make a film that takes place in France in 1919. This is his dream project and is about the diplomatic negotiations after the First World War, says Helena Danielsson, who three years ago was awarded the fine producer price in Prix Eurimages is the European equivalent of the Oscar.
She came in in “The Childhood of a Leader” project when the whole film work had stalled and it was difficult to fix financing. For the major US film studios, the film was too small. And while it is difficult to American director to get financing European film funds. Then came Helena Danielsson’s experience of co-productions and film financing in as a savior.
– It’s a little bit about how to look at problems. I was passionate about the movie and saw that I was able to find ways of financing outside the system. They had to be slick, says Helena Danielsson.
Robert Pattinson of “Twilight” films, Stacy Martin (“Nymphomaniac), Bérénice Bejo (” The Artist) and Liam Cunningham (“Game of Thrones”) are some of the stars of the film which is now being cut in Paris. Music Legendary Scott Walker makes the music.
– It is a fantastic mix. We are aiming high and hope that we manage to clear the Venice Film Festival.
UPDATE: Added Irish Independent interview at the bottom of the post.
While doing promotion for Game of Thrones on Irish TV, Liam Cunningham spoke briefly about The Childhood of A Leader and wrapping shooting in Budapest. He also mentioned working with Robert Pattinson & Bérénice Bejo.
Check out the quick video below …….
Liam’s interview with Irish Independent (while still shooting in Budapest) was printed today and he mentioned how Robert Pattinson was a delight to work with (and more)
Here’s the snippet where he mentions Rob…..
In a foreign interview with La Nacion, Bérénice Bejo spoke about working on The Childhood Of A Leader. We used google translate to translate the part where she talks about reading the script and her character and also working with Tim Roth and Robert Pattinson.
Did you feel the need to seek stronger characters?
I do not feel anything. The script came, I read it and I did. I said: “I have to look stronger and denser stuff”. It went well, what they proposed me and obviously I could not say no. But I do not plan on a career. I do not say, “Now I have to do a comedy,” or something else. Leo scripts, and I like, I do. I wish that the next film was a comedy, because the last two were very intense. But it will not be. Because comedy scripts I read not like. And the next thing I do is another strong film with the character of a mother whose son is very particular, a little awkward and weird. Over the scenes you’re realizing that it is not a normal guy, he’ll become a monster or something. And it is about the relationship with the mother and father. So good, I read, I liked that I was given a role as well, and I’m going to do. I was lucky to do very different things.
‘And in Hollywood? I guess after your Oscar nomination in 2012 for The Artist, should many proposals to work in the United States have arrived.
-A Michel reached him many scripts. I already had two films to make and was not available for two years. And now that I told you that I do, is an American film, a debut, with Tim Roth, that will make my husband, and Robert Pattinson, the character of a family friend.
While promoting their film, The Sleepwalker, Brady Corbet and Mona Fastvold talked about The Childhood of a Leader. Excerpt from Eye For Film:
Mona Fastvold and Corbet’s upcoming project, The Childhood of a Leader, which he is going to direct, will star Bérénice Bejo, Tim Roth, Stacy Martin and Robert Pattinson. The script is influenced by everyone from John Fowles and Jean-Paul Sartre, to Volker Schlöndorff’s Young Törless. I suggested checking out Christian Kracht’s cinematic novel Imperium in the Norwegian translation for last minute reading, as pre-production begins next week.
AKT: Tell me about the next projects.
Brady: The next film we’re making, I’m directing what Mona and I wrote together and we’re working together very closely from beginning to end as we did with this one. Basically, what determines who takes the lead is just whose story it is to tell.
Mona: And who is not giving birth to a baby.
Brady: And who is not giving birth to a baby. We’re making a film called The Childhood Of A Leader. It’s a historical film, which is one of the reasons why it’s been so difficult to put it together.
AKT: Historical set in what time?
Brady: 1919 mostly. It’s Bérénice Bejo, Tim Roth, Stacy Martin and Robert Pattinson. It’s about a family that relocates to France for the Paris Peace Conference and about the events leading up to the Treaty of Versailles, partially. It’s funny, whereas this project [The Sleepwalker] was about subverting the clichés of psycho-sexual thrillers, this is a historical film that’s not really a historical film. It’s about the childhood of a would-be-fascist. We’ll start shooting in January.
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While doing promotion for The Sleepwalker, Brady Corbet and Mona Fastvold were interviewed by Indiewire and asked about their upcoming project The Childhood Of A Leader and the identity of Robert Pattinson’s character in the movie
The duo is officially heading into pre-production for “The Childhood of the Leader,” a period piece that will mark Corbet’s directorial debut and stars…oh just a little-known actor named Robert Pattinson. Though Corbet is holding onto a few secrets about the project
Brady, you’re making your directorial debut with your next project, “The Childhood of a Leader” starring Robert Pattinson. What inspired you to want to direct? Were you inspired by Mona?
Brady Corbet: Mona’s nodding her head like, “Yes, that’s right Brady. It was me. It was me.”
Mona Fastvold: [Laughs]
BC: No, what’s actually stranger is that I didn’t attempt to do it sooner. And it’s strange that I kept acting as long as I did because for years I kept threatening to walk away and do something else. But the reason I never did walk away and do something else was I kept having opportunities to work with people I really liked and really loved. I was like, “Ok, I love your work. Absolutely I can spare a week, I can spare a month.” I’ve worked for some people that I would have been happy to come wash their floors on set for a week just to see how they work, much less to have the relationship that an actor and a director get to have with one another, which is very special and sometimes very intimate, very unique. I’ve found every filmmaker I’ve worked with inspiring, Mona included.
One of the big problems with this project is that it summarized all the things I’ve really been interested in in my personal and creative life. And yet for so many years I just thought it was too grand and too ambitious to ever get made.
MF: And it almost did.
BC: And it almost did [laughs]. The film takes place in 1919, it stars a child, it’s in French and English. Luckily it’s not going to be four-and-a-half hours long and it’s not going to be black-and-white. But that’s it. It’s not a very easy pitch. It’s sort of about the birth of a megalomaniac and with a maniacal sort of ego at the turn of the century. It’s about the birth of fascism that occurred during the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.
Has the identity of this character been revealed?
BC: I have intentionally not revealed the identity of the character. And it’s a funny thing because it’s not for the reasons that people think. One thing I will happily tell everybody is that the character is not Hitler [laughs]. And the character is not Mussolini. It’s someone else. And there’s the dramatic event where you learn who this person is and that’s something I want to save for people. Robert Pattinson is not playing Hitler as you now know [laughs]. I’ll go on the record saying that.
Read the full interview over at Indiewire