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.
Brady Corbet is putting the finishing touches to his directorial debut, “The Childhood of a Leader,” starring Robert Pattinson, Stacy Martin and Bérénice Bejo. 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 ... should be ready by the end of the year.
The film, written and directed by Koolhoven and produced by Els Vandervorst of N279 Productions, stars Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson and Carice van Houten and is set to commence shooting in Germany and Spain in June 2015 with a second period of shooting in Romania later in the year.
Brimstone is a triumphant epic of survival, set in the searing wilds of the badlands, the menacing inferno of the Old American West. It is a tale of powerful womanhood and resistance against the unforgiving cruelty of a Hell on earth.
Set against the backdrop of the late 19th Century frontier territory lawlessness, this is a powerful epic thriller with a compelling story and an engaging central female character on a life-threatening mission to escape from, and exact revenge upon, an enigmatic, evil preacher. It is a dark tale, but gripping and emotionally fulfilling.
NSF’s Managing Director, Nicki Hattingh, said; “We are absolutely thrilled to be involved in the financing of such a wonderful project. The script is compelling, engaging and holds the reader captive with unexpected twists and turns during the tense and thrilling roller-coaster ride through the Wild West. We are fortunate and delighted to be working with such a charismatic and brilliant cast and very much look forward to seeing the film evolve from script to screen.”
Question: "How is it to be photographed? Do you like it?" Rob: "I’m very bad at that. There was a time when the first Twilight movie was released, I wanted to show a certain profile. When you can control it it’s fine, but when they photograph you all the time, you lose control. Suddenly you are afraid and you become an introvert. At the moment I’m in that phase “Don’t take any pictures of me!” Question: "How do you feel when your personal life is projected like a soap-opera?" Rob: "It’s weird. Although I have made huge efforts not to talk about my personal life it made no difference. They just made various things up. When you are part of a story, an article someone else writes you can’t do anything about it. Even when they don’t take photos of you, they simply use old photos. Last year I was thinking about the fact that they didn't take any photos anymore, so they wouldn't write stories about me anymore, because the public wouldn't be interested in an article without a photograph."
Question: "Do you not have anyone with you? Friend or family?" Rob: "Yes, some take their friends and family with them. My friends and family have their jobs. But I wouldn’t want them with me anyway. It’s a sure way to destroy a friendship. It’s like you say to your friend: “Come and be my assistant!”
Question: "And how did you stay psychologically sane?" Rob: "I think I have gone crazy…." (laughs)
Q: Lost City of Z is as close as we’re hearing? A: Z? Yes, absolutely. I’ve been on a scout. Pre-production should start sometime in the first week of June. I’m extremely excited about it. It’s very different from anything I’ve done — and yet, of course, the same. I have very, very high hopes for it. Principal photography, I believe, will start on August 8, although it depends on when Charlie Hunnam will finish King Arthur, which is what he’s doing now; if that finishes on schedule, that’s when I will begin. It shoots in the U.K. and Columbia, probably.
Q: What feeling do you have when on the cusp of starting a production? Is there a lot of anxiety, or is it mostly pure anticipation? A: Well, it’s almost exclusively terror. It’s funny: I don’t actually derive much pleasure from making a movie. I derive a lot of pleasure from having made a film. I’m very excited; it’s going to be a huge challenge. But I’m very scared, and I’m under no illusions that I’m going to go to the jungle and have a great time and it’s going to have a party. I mean, it’s going to be an epic struggle, and I’m going to try and do my very best. I have many, many ideas. The project’s been gestating for a long time, and, in some respects, that’s a challenge in and of itself, because you have many, many ideas, and you want to make sure the project has a unity and a singularity and a uniqueness and a consistency. So, if it’s gestating for a long time, you worry that you won’t have that.
Focus Features is in final talks to to prebuy U.S. rights to Harmony Korine's The Trap, a revenge tale set against the backdrop of the Miami music scene starring Idris Elba as a gangster rap artist and Benicio Del Toro as his best friend who took the fall for a robbery the duo committed years earlier. Elba is attached to replace Jamie Foxx, with Al Pacino, Robert Pattinson and James Franco also in final talks to join the cast. In The Trap, written by Korine, Rico is at the top of his career and about to enjoy a triumphant night at the Grammy Awards when Slim (Del Toro) is released from prison after 14 years. Slim is determined to exact revenge after learning that Rico not only achieved fame and fortune but also married his girlfriend and raised Slim's son as his own. Slim's plot includes recruiting a crew of Uzi-wielding surfers led by Max (Pattinson), as well as enlisting the help of Rico's cocaine-happy manager (Franco). Pacino plays Slim's parole officer.
“For Robert Pattinson after Twilight had shown that he wanted to remove the image of easy film actor, he was chosen to star in Life , directed by Anton Corbijn.
“ I felt afterTwilight Robert tried to choose characters away from this whole saga.
“He wants to prove to the world that is a real actor can do challenging roles and that reminded me of Dennis Stock, a photographer in his early wanted to check I was good at what he did. That part was something I found in common between the two.
On the other hand, Robert is always being chased by photographers and I liked the idea that the film had to act like a photographer behind a star, said Anton Corbijn.
Robert Pattinson will star in neo-grindhouse caper Good Time, which will be directed by Josh and Benny Safdie. The indie film centers on a bankrobber's flailing efforts to evade the dragnet closing in on him. Pattinson will star as Connie. Josh Safdie and Ronald Bronstein wrote the script for the film, which will be produced by Sebastian Bear-MCclard of Elara Pictures. The Safdie brothers, who recently signed with WME, are indie filmmakers whose most recent project, Heaven Knows What, is currently in theaters. The critically acclaimed film following a young heroin addict (Arielle Holmes) who finds love in the streets of New York was released by Radius-TWC. It previously won the C.I.C.A.E Award at the Venice Film Festival and also played at the Toronto Film Festival and New York Film Festival.
Described as an “indie neo-grindhouse caper,” it follows a “bankrobber’s flailing efforts to evade the dragnet closing in on him.” Although no additional details are made available yet, we assume Pattinson’s character, Connie, is the bank robber. It’s scripted by Josh Safdie and Ronald Bronstein, and they’ve previously noted there are plans to shoot this fall, presumably after work on James Gray’s Lost City of Z wraps up.
"The long wait is over: Martin Koolhoven started yesterday the shooting of his new film Brimstone. It is the first time since Winter War (2008) Koolhoven back on a film set. He has gathered an impressive cast. Besides veteran Carice van Houten (their fourth collaboration) Brimstone's cast includes such stars as Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson and Guy Pierce.
About the extraordinary of script of his new film Koolhoven said: "I think this is the best scenario I've ever filmed". He describes the project as "It's like nothing you know".
The locations for Brimstone were found in Canada and Germany. Producer Els Vandevorst for N279 Productions.
THE TRAP Genre: Thriller Director(s): Harmony Korine Screenplay/Writer(s): Harmony Korine Producer(s): John Lesher, Charles-Marie Anthonioz, MARC SCHMIDHEINY, CHRISTOPH DANIEL Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Idris Elba, Al Pacino, James Franco, Robert Pattinson Delivery Status: In Production Year: 2015 Countries of Origin: USA
Released from prison after 14 years, a criminal seeks revenge against his best friend who stole his gangster persona to win fame and fortune.
Translation of the interview (Google Translation):
- It is not easy if you are a young American to make a film that takes place in France in 1919. This is his dream project and is about the diplomatic negotiations after the First World War, says Helena Danielsson, who three years ago was awarded the fine producer price in Prix Eurimages is the European equivalent of the Oscar.
She came in in “The Childhood of a Leader” project when the whole film work had stalled and it was difficult to fix financing. For the major US film studios, the film was too small.
– It’s a little bit about how to look at problems. I was passionate about the movie and saw that I was able to find ways of financing outside the system. They had to be slick, says Helena Danielsson.
- We are aiming high and hope that we manage to clear the Venice Film Festival.
The director was ready to mount his first American-financed film, the crime story “Idol’s Eye” starring Robert Pattinson, Robert De Niro, and Rachel Weisz, when financiers Benaroya Pictures pulled out at the last minute. The reasons that the film shut down at the time were somewhat cryptic, but obviously creatively and financially motivated. At the time, Benaroya released a statement that claimed “the criteria for financing" was "not being met by producers,” and that they had “[missed] a number of financing criteria deadlines.” Thus, the company felt at risk and pulled the plug. Asssayas and his producers never really had their chance to respond, so when talking to the filmmaker last week about “Clouds Of Sils Maria,” we had to ask. “It was a horror,” Assayas said. “A long painful horror story. Let’s just say that did it put me off being involved with these kinds of projects in any kind of way in the foreseeable future.”
The official information from the production and snippets from other places about the story of The Childhood Of A Leader.
"Directing debut of Brady Corbet about an American family of three who settle into the French countryside on the outskirts of Paris, 1918-1919. The Father, working under President Wilson’s Secretary of State, Robert Lansing, spends his days away from the family’s new home preparing for the Paris Peace Negotiations post-World War I. Waiting for him at home are his devoutly religious wife and their child, a somewhat precocious and defiant seven-year-old boy. The naive politics of the era, which inadvertently paved the way for fascist uprising in Europe, is the backdrop for the story of a boy coming to terms with his beliefs and the changing world around him. What chronicles from initially insignificant acts to a series of increasingly violent outbursts, demonstrates the Child’s penchant for political protest as we witness the very birth of an ego. The film is loosely inspired by the early childhood experiences of many of the great dictators of the 20th century."
"This chilling fable about the rise of fascism in the 20th Century tells the story of a young American boy living in France in 1918 whose father is working for the US government on the creation of the Treaty of Versailles. What he witnesses helps to mould his beliefs – and we witness the birth of a terrifying ego.Loosely inspired by the early childhood experiences of many of the great dictators of the 20th Century and infused with the same sense of dread as The Others and The Omen, The Childhood of a Leader is an ominous portrait of emerging evil."
Brady Corbet in Indiewire:
"I have intentionally not revealed the identity of the character. And it’s a funny thing because it’s not for the reasons that people think. One thing I will happily tell everybody is that the character is not Hitler [laughs]. And the character is not Mussolini. It’s someone else. And there’s the dramatic event where you learn who this person is and that’s something I want to save for people. Robert Pattinson is not playing Hitler as you now know [laughs]. I’ll go on the record saying that.”
Q: You and Robert Pattinson have developed an interesting creative partnership. You’re a bit of an odd couple.
A: We are. Well, first of all, I think he’s a really good actor, and I think he was an underrated actor because of the stiffness and silliness of Twilight and those characters in it. But seeing other work that he had done and seeing that he was a serious actor and looking for challenges, and wasn’t trying to “manage his image” as a star, was attractive to me. And, of course, being such a big celebrity is helpful because it will help your film get financed, but the charisma that made him work so well as Edward Cullen is something you want in a movie like Cosmopolis where he’s in every scene in the movie. You need someone who’s infinitely watchable. But once you’re on the set, he’s just a sweetheart. Totally professional, really accessible, and funny. And a terrific actor.<....>
Q: Twilight also had a strange chastity/sex is evil message.
A: Yeah. And you can be sure that Rob was aware of all those things. He’s very well-read, and very well-versed in cinema—which I’m not sure his fans know. He was very hyper-aware of all those things surrounding those movies.
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