These fabulous new stills from The Childhood of A Leader featuring Liam Cunningham,Robert Pattinson, Bérénice Bejo & Tom Sweet hit the interwebs today along with the news that The Childhood of a Leader will have it’s UK Premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival on June 18th. Tickets go on sale May 27th.
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TriArt Film posted this fantastic new trailer from The Childhood of A Leader
UPDATE: It will show on Thursday 23rd June. Tickets are available HERE.
The Film Stage just announced the line-up for this years BAMcinema Fest. The festival which runs from June 15-26 in New York will host the North American Premiere of The Childhood of A Leader. No details yet of an exact date or who will be in attendance. We’ll update when anymore info is available.
Screendaily announced today that The Childhood of a Leader has been acquired in the UK and Ireland by Metrodome Distribution and is due to release theatrically in August 2016.
EXCLUSIVE: Metrodome strikes for Venice debut starring Berenice Bejo and Robert Pattinson.
Metrodome Distribution has acquired Brady Corbet’s mystery-drama The Childhood Of A Leader for all UK and Ireland rights from Protagonist Pictures.
Metrodome is due to release theatrically in August 2016.
The deal was negotiated between George Hamilton for Protagonist Pictures and Giles Edwards, head of acquisitions for Metrodome.
Written by actor-director Corbet (Simon Killer) and Mona Fastvold (The Sleepwalker), the Venice debut stars Berenice Bejo (The Artist), Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga), Stacy Martin (Nymphomaniac), Liam Cunningham (Game Of Thrones) and Yolande Moreau (Amelie).
Producers are Chris Coen (Funny Games), Ron Curtis, Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre, Helena Danielsson and Istvan Major.
In The Childhood Of A Leader an American family settles into the French countryside at the end of the First World War, where the father (Liam Cunningham) is involved in the peace negotiations around the Treaty of Versailles. His wife (Bérénice Bejo) is a devout Christian who struggles with the tantrums of their defiant young son, whose wilful outbursts begin to demonstrate a monster in the making.
Edwards described the film as “one of the finest, most compelling and exciting debuts in years.”
The Childhood of A Leader Director Brady Corbet along with cast members attended a screening in Rotterdam last night. The screening which closed the International Film Festival was accompanied live by the Codarts Symphony Orchestra and received a standing ovation from a packed theatre.
Earlier in the week Brady Corbet spoke about what it was like to have the movie screened at the festival, what it was like casting Tom Sweet in his role and lots more. Check out the video interview below.
Brady also recorded a little peek at the orchestra practicing for the performance which was posted to Twitter by David Jancso.
— David Jancso (@jancso) February 6, 2016
The Childhood of A Leader had it’s premiere at the Venice Film Festival today. Before the screening of the movie the TCOAL gang took part in a Press Conference and a Photoshoot.
As soon as video of the Press Conference becomes available we’ll pop it up, but for now we have these great pics from the photocall featuring Brady Corbet, Mona Fastvold, Bérénice Bejo, Liam Cunningham, Stacy Martin & Tom Sweet.
In combination with British DoP Lol Crawley’s atmospheric 35mm photography and Corbet’s assured direction of an excellent cast, it makes for an edgy, poetic mix with the dramatic potency of a good nightmare.
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The Childhood of a Leader is a dark, enigmatic piece of work that hovers between visionary greatness and petty domestic triviality. Corbet’s inaugural stint behind the camera marks a stunning debut and the finest film at Venice thus far.
Corbet never turns the film into a game of ‘connect the dots until future leader appears.’ It’s more akin to a sensorial overload, blurring the lines of cause and effect, and as such it is gleefully effective. There are shades of Haneke and Von Trier (Corbet worked with both as an actor) in its willingness to antagonize the viewer, as well as a fondness for the formalism of times past.
What could very easily be received as an irritating, pretentious feature debut is actually a display of controlled madness full of astute touches, like the use of Robert Pattinson’s persona in the few scenes he’s in.
Though Corbet regularly cites eastern European cinema in his interests, his debut has much more of traditional European feel; indeed it may seem like unfeasibly high praise but there are echoes of the masters (Luchino Visconti, notably) in Lol Crawley’s superb 35mm cinematography.
A brilliant framing device involving a stunning orchestral score by, of all people, Scott Walker gives the film a nerve-wracking urgency. The ending is a what-the-hell talking point for sure, but there are ideas and provocations here that will ensure Corbet’s film lives a long if not especially commercial life.