Protagonist Pictures have updated their website and have added The Childhood of A Leader to their Market Screening list for the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
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…..
The Guardian complied a list of the 30 Films they’d like to see at Cannes this year. One in particular caught our eye and we have to agree it’s one that we would love to see there too.
The Childhood Of A Leader
Brady Corbet’s made a career of being That Guy Who Was Great in That Thing. You half-recognised him in Thirteen, Melancholia or Martha Marcy May Marlene, now – finally – it might be his time to shine. His directorial debut, The Childhood of a Leader, will push many of the selectors’ buttons: it’s arty (based on a Jean-Paul Sartre short story), starry (Robert Pattinson, Bérénice Bejo) and sufficiently Francophile (set in Paris during the first world war, shot in both English and French). Director’s Fortnight at least.
Protagonist Pictures updated the status of The Childhood of A Leader on their website to ‘In Post- Production’ and also added that it’s a Psychological Thriller.
And in case you haven’t seen it before here’s the synopsis of the movie, also from Protagonist Pictures:
This chilling fable about the rise of fascism in the 20th Century tells the story of a young American boy living in France in 1918 whose father is working for the US government on the creation of the Treaty of Versailles. What he witnesses helps to mould his beliefs – and we witness the birth of a terrifying ego.
Loosely inspired by the early childhood experiences of many of the great dictators of the 20th Century and infused with the same sense of dread as The Others and The Omen, The Childhood of a Leader is an ominous portrait of emerging evil.”
Producer Chris Coen gave us this first look at the Childhood Of A Leader cast on his instagram today along with the caption “Some of our incredible cast…”
The production company requested that the picture be removed so we have done so but we will have lots more Childhood of A Leader goodies for you in the future!
Chris also shared this great behind the scenes pic from Day 11 of the shoot.
And Editor David Jancso shared this on his twitter
— David Jancso (@jancso) February 13, 2015
Brady Corbet is shooting The Childhood of a Leader on film and Mona shared one of the film cans on her instagram today.
And it looks like Rob might be done filming TCOAL. A journalist tweeted this when asking Rob about his beard during the Life press junket.
Update via CurtisBrown (Rob’s Agency)
“Following the Berlin Festival, Robert returns to shooting Brady Corbet’s Childhood of a Leader, in which he stars opposite Tim Roth.”
In case you missed it, week 2 of filming was marked by producer, Chris Coen.
First week of shooting is done! Feeling incredibly fortunate to work with such wonderful human beings like Robert Pattinson, Liam Cunningham & Benerice Bejo!! Above all my dear friends and unbelievable talented director / writer Brady Corbet and Mona Fastvold! Quick stop at the Berlinale tomorrow and then right back to wonderful Budapest! Watch out for this film
We are definitely watching out! Robert Pattinson is also heading to Berlinale to promote his film, Life. Click HERE if you’re interested in video of him at Budapest airport earlier today.
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 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