Young actor Brady Corbet has worked with many impressive filmmakers over the years including Michael Haneke, Lars von Trier, Olivier Assayas, Gregg Araki, Noah Baumbach, Mia Hansen-Love and more. Some of that seems to be paying off with his feature directorial debut effort ” The Childhood of a Leader” which has scored a first look trailer today.
Premiering last Fall in Venice where it won two major awards, and set to premiere next month at both the Sydney Film Festival and BAMcinema Fest in New York, the Sartre-fueled film boasts an impressive cast including Berenice Bejo, Liam Cunningham, Stacy Martin, Yolande Moreau, Robert Pattinson and Tom Sweet.
Set in the wake of the first World War in a chateau outside Paris, this totalitarianism allegory explores the early stirrings of despotism in a choirboy whose father is a high-ranking diplomat assisting President Woodrow Wilson in the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. We see how bad parenting leads to the gestation of a fascist leader. His identity is a mystery, but Corbet is happy to reveal ahead of time he is neither Hitler or Mussolini.