Following his acclaimed first directorial effort “The Childhood of a Leader,” actor-turned-filmmaker Brady Corbet is about to hit cinemas again with the Natalie Portman-led pop star biopic “Vox Lux”.
Doing press for that film at the Stockholm Film Festival, Corbet also discussed his next feature titled “The Brutalist” which follows three decades in the life of a Hungarian-born Jewish architect who emigrates to the U.S. after the end of World War II. Corbet tells Variety that the film will have contemporary resonance:
“‘The Brutalist’ is about a character who survived the camps, and also about his wife who survived camps but is stuck in a displaced persons camp on the Hungarian border. This is a film that tries to take a look at what it would mean to lose everything that you’ve built, what it would do to your psyche.
When we think of what was lost during wartime we usually think about the human lives that were lost, but we rarely think of the livelihoods that were lost. Right now because of the ongoing immigration crisis in Europe and in America a different crisis, I think it’s very, very important to reflect on the immigrant experience; and of course with anti-Semitism strangely on a rise again, it is important for us to look at its origins.”
Corbet is currently writing the script with Mona Fastvold, with whom he co-wrote ‘Leader’, and expects to be finished in six months. The film takes place in Philadelphia and will shoot in English, Yiddish, Hungarian and some Italian.