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No Longer Funny Games Foes; Corbet Set to Direct Tim Roth, Cosmopolis’ Binoche & Pattinson Pair in “The Childhood of a Leader”

2014 has long been shaping up to be a memorable year for the “actor” Brady Corbet. The indie veteran whose worked with major auteur talents continues next year with the likes of Assayas, Bonello, Hansen-Løve and Baumbach film (and that not including a foursome of other projects) will then look to commence the directing phase with Juliette Binoche, Robert Pattinson and his Funny Games U.S. co-star Tim Roth in The Childhood of a Leader. Variety reports that the French financed production is aiming for what would probably be a post Cannes start. Antoine and Martine de Clermont-Tonnere (Salvo) and Chris Coen (Jane Got a Gun/Funny Games) are producing.

Gist: Taking place perhaps during the same era as Haneke’s White Ribbon, this dramatic period piece set in France describes the childhood of a post-World War I leader.

Worth Noting: Remember the name of Mona Fastvold. She is what we could considered a creative partner for Corbet as both collaborated on The Sleepwalker (her debut which preems in Sundance next month) and both co-wrote this film.

Do We Care? A force and creative Sundance winning short, editing credits in Two Gates of Sleep and writing creds in Simon Killer and the Sundance-selected The Sleepwalker (see still above) which we’ll be covering next month, we’re curious in seeing just how far Corbet pushes the buttons and how an actor brings out the best in top ranked trio and the child actor he’ll cast.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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