The Childhood of a Leader

This chilling tale tells the story of an American boy living in France in 1918. His father works for the American government on the creation of the Treaty of Versailles. What he witnesses helps mould his beliefs – and we see the birth of a terrifying ego. Loosely based on a novel by John Fowles, Jean-Paul Sartre’s short story of he same name, and the possible childhoods of many great dictators in the twentieth century, The Childhood of a Leader is an unsettling portrait of emerging evil.

Director's Biography
BRADY CORBET, born in 1988, is an American actor and filmmaker. His directorial debut, the short film Protect You + Me, received a Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009. Corbet co-wrote and starred in Mona Fastvold’s The Sleepwalker and Antonio Campos’ Simon Killer, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The Childhood of a Leader is his first feature film as a director. It won the Award for Best Debut Film and the Award for Best Director at the Venice International Film Festival 2015. // Films (selection): Protect You + Me (2008, short), The Childhood of a Leader (2015)
European Panorama Fiction 2016
Brady Corbet
Great Britain / Hungary / France 2015
116 minutes
Screenplay Brady Corbet, Mona Fastvold
Cinematography Lol Crawley
Editing David Jancso
Sound/Sounddesign David Vranken
Music Scott Walker
With Bérénice Bejo, Robert Pattinson, Stacy Martin, Liam Cunningham, Yolande Moreau
Producer(s) Chris Coen (Unanimous Entertainment, GB), Ron Curtis (US), Helena Danielsson (Hepp Film, SE), Istvan Major (Filmteam, HU), Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre (MACT Productions, FR)
Unanimous Entertainment 49 Frith Street London W1D 4SG Great Britain
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Venice International Film Festival 2015
Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere