September 13th, 2015 / 6 Comments

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HUGE Congratulations to Brady and ALL involved in this film – what fantastic news!!  Here’s hoping the distributors etc all come out and we get to see this VERY soon. *twirls*





And I found a little more about the award itself:

Luigi De Laurentiis Award

All the debut full-length films presented in the Venice Film Festival’s various sections will compete for the award. An international Jury composed of 5-7 personalities from the world of cinema and culture will award the prize to be shared in equal parts between the director and producer.


OMG! Brady’s now won his own award – Best Director Horizons award!  FANTASTIC news 🙂 Orizzonti (Horizons) Award:


The film’s editor was also at the ceremony and shared his photos, including this:


Article about the awards:

The Hollywood Reporter:

Actor Brady Corbet won big with his debut film.

Childhood of a Leader won the “Luigi de Laurentiss” Venice Award for a Debut Film on Saturday. Director Brady Corbet also won the Best Director Horizons award, presented by Jonathan Demme. “I really love you Jonathan Demme. I always have,” he told the Horizons jury president. Robert Pattinson and Stacy Martin star in the historical drama, which details the childhood of a fascist leader during World War I. Director-writer Brady Corbet flew in from upstate New York the day before to receive his prize. He was shocked to receive the prize, saying that he remembered questioning his family’s future when they were trying to put the film together, wary of whether or not it would turn out. “My daughter might look at this in 25 years. I just want to say be patient, be radical, be free,” said Corbet on accepting the prize. The film was the only film In Venice shown on 35mm. “Celluloid should be a filmmaker’s right, not a privilege,” said Corbet upon receiving his second prize of the night.


Venice’s other big winner was U.S. first-time director Brady Corbet whose historical mystery drama  ”Childhood of a Leader,” loosely based on a an eponymous Jean-Paul Sartre short story, scooped the Horizons’ section nod for best director and also the Lion of the Future, for best first work, awarded by separate juries. “Childhood” is 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. Top notch cast comprises Robert Pattinson, Stacy Martin, Liam Cunningham and Berenice Bejo.

Corbet gave special thanks to Scott Walker who composed the score and also thanked the festival for making special last-minute arrangements for a 35mm print of “Childhood” to screen. “I think every filmmaker should have a right to celluloid!” he enthused.

Screen Daily

The Lion of the Future prize for best debut film went to Brady Corbet’s The Childhood of a Leader, starring Robert Pattinson, Liam Cunningham, Bérénice Bejo and Stacy Martin.

The fable on the rise of fascism marks the directorial debut of Corbet, better known as an actor in films such as Melancholia and Thirteen. The award comes with a $100,000 prize.

Corbet also picked up the best director award in the Horizons (Orizzonti) strand of the festival, in which the film played.


“A standout in the Horizons section was Brady Corbet’s The Childhood Of A Leader. Corbet has been a longtime actor and this is his debut feature as helmer. The drama took the Best First Film prize as well as Best Director after falling apart several times in production and leading him to near despair, he said. He’d already been back in Upstate New York yesterday when he go the call to come back — looks like the trip was worth it.”

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  • Michelle
    Posted on September 13, 2015

    How FANTASTIC is this!!!! Huge congrats to Brady & everyone involved in the film – so wonderful 🙂 Thanks so much for posting Jules. Love that gif choice, it’s PERECT 🙂

  • Maria
    Posted on September 13, 2015

    Spectacular news to wake up to. Now to find out who is going to unleash this in Oz

  • barbara
    Posted on September 13, 2015

    Stupendous. So very very happy and proud. Brady Corbet. Bravo, Robert Pattinson Bravo. Your choices in the scripts you choose and the Directors who are lining up to work with you. Speaks voluums of just how serious you are and how dedicated you are. As my husband said after taking our granddaughter to see “Twilight” ( all those years ago). “that young guy will have a long career, he lights up the screen. He will put up with a load of crap at first but he will prove them all wrong” It is rare for him to comment on movie stars but he was spot on.

  • Maria
    Posted on September 13, 2015

    I love your husband’s comment @Barbara. And he’s spot on. There’s something old world Hollywood about Rob.

  • silvie
    Posted on September 13, 2015

    Brilliant, brilliant absolutely brilliant news. So very happy for Brady and his team. Just brilliant.

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