Great news from the Istanbul Film Festival, The Childhood Of A Leader has won the Special Jury Prize (the Golden Tulip). Big congrats to Brady Corbet and all involved!
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
Pfeffer Attila shared this great new lengthy clip from The Childhood of A Leader featuring Liam Cunningham, Robert Pattinson, Bérénice Bejo & Tom Sweet.
With The Childhood Of A Leader screening at the Dubai International Film Festival next month (Date TBC), the website for the festival shared a first look at the poster for the movie.
The Dubai International Film Festival runs from 9th to 16th December 2015
Fabulous news tonight, Brady Corbet took home 2 awards from the Venice Film Festival for The Childhood of A Leader. He won the Best Director Horizons award and The Childhood Of A Leader won the “Luigi de Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
Childhood of a Leader won the “Luigi de Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film on Saturday. Director Brady Corbet also won the Best Director Horizons award, presented by Jonathan Demme.
“I really love you Jonathan Demme. I always have,” he told the Horizons jury president.
Robert Pattinson and Stacy Martin star in the historical drama, which details the childhood of a fascist leader during World War I.
Director-writer Brady Corbet flew in from upstate New York the day before to receive his prize. He was shocked to receive the prize, saying that he remembered questioning his family’s future when they were trying to put the film together, wary of whether or not it would turn out.
“My daughter might look at this in 25 years. I just want to say be patient, be radical, be free,” said Corbet on accepting the prize.
The film was the only film In Venice shown on 35mm. “Celluloid should be a filmmaker’s right, not a privilege,” said Corbet upon receiving his second prize of the night.
— LinkinMovies.it (@LinkinMovies_it) September 12, 2015
— David Jancso (@jancso) September 12, 2015
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.
We recently told you that The Childhood of A Leader would premiere at the Venice Film Festival and today the Festival Schedule was released. The Childhood of A Leader has 2 screenings at the Festival. No word yet on who’s attending but we’ll update if and when we hear anything!
It will screen on Saturday, Sept 5th 2:30pm and Sunday, Sept 6th 1:15pm.
This years Venice Film Festival Line up was announced at a Press Conference this morning and an Italian movie site LinkinMovies.it tweeted the pic below from the programme which lists The Childhood of a Leader under the ‘Horizons’ section.
The full Horizons/ Orizzonti line up can be seen HERE on the official Venice Website.
This is what the official site says about the Horizons section of the festival (Translated using google translate):
“The international competition for a maximum of 20 films , dedicated to films that are representative of new trends in world cinema aesthetic and expressive , with a focus on the beginnings , emerging authors and not yet fully established , films from smaller , lesser-known , but also works that measure up genres and current production with intent innovation and creative originality . Within the Horizons section it houses a competitive selection of short films up to 20 minutes, chosen according to criteria of quality and originality linguistic expression. Are eligible for selection only feature films and short films presented at the show premiered .”
The 72nd Venice International Film Festival takes place Sept. 2-12.
We’ll update with anymore news/info as it comes out.
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.