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Director: Brady Corbet

Producers:  Chris Coen (Funny Games), Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre, Helena Danielsson (Beyond) and Istvan Major. Ron Curtis, Brian Young, Aaron L. Gilbert, Michael Sherman, Matthew Perniciaro, and Patrick Murray executive produce with Genevieve Lemal.

Screenplay:  Brady Corbet | Mona Fastvold

Role:  Charles Marker

Costars:  Berenice Bejo (The Mother), Michael Epp, Stacy Martin, Sophie Curtis, Liam Cunningham (The Father), Yolane Moreau (The maid), Rebecca Dayan, Scott Alexander Young (Counselor), Caroline Boulton (Mr Advisors Secretary), Jeremy Wheeler, Roderick Hill (Older American Gentleman), Andrew Osterreicher (

Composer:  Scott Walker

Cinematographer:  Lol Crawley (Mandela) is DoP with Jean Vincent Puzos (Amour).

World Premiere:  72nd Venice Film Festival, 5 September 2015 | Second screening on 6 September 2015 | Brady Corbet wins 2 Lions – Lion of the Future – Luigi De Laurentiis Award for a Debut Film & Horizons (Orizzonti) – Best Director

Production Company:  Unanimous Entertainment | Mact Films production in association with FilmTeam (Hungary). Funding comes from Media House Capital, Bow and Arrow Entertainment, Scope Pictures and Scion Pictures.

International Sales: Protagonist Pictures (international sales) | WME (North America) | Polar Star (Latin America + Brazil) – VOD|PayTV


  • Venice Film Festival 2015
    • Luigi De Laurentiis Award: Best Debut Film – WON
    • Orizzonti (Horizons) Award: Best Director – WON
    • Orizzonti (Horizons) Award: Best Film – Nominated
  • Lisbon & Estorial Film Festival 2015 (aka A Infância de Um Líder)
    • Tap Revelation Award: Best Director – WON
  • Göteborg Film Festival 2016
    • International Debut Award: Brady Corbet – Nominated
  • 35th Istanbul Film Festival 2016 (aka Bir Liderin Çocuklugu)
    • Golden Tulip: Special Jury Prize: – WON
    • Special Prize of the Jury: Special Jury Award Brady Corbet (director) – WON
  • Bildrausch Film Festival (Switzerland)
    • Cutting Edge (Official Competition) – Nominated
  • Sydney Film Festival 2016
    • Sydney Film Prize for Best Film (Official Competition) – Nominated
  • East End Film Festival (UK)
    • Best Feature (Official Competition) – Nominated
  • Zarkolo Film Festival | Tarkovsky Film Festival (Russia)
    • feature Films (Official Competition) – Nominated
  • Munich Film Festival
    • CineVision, Best Film by an Emerging Director – Nominated
  • Jerusalem Film Festival
    • FIPRESCI Prize, International First Film – Nominated
  • 2017 Independent Spirit Awards *Award ceremony 25 Feb 2017*
    • Best First Feature Film – Nominated
    • Best Cinematography – Nominated
  • 2017 Society of American Cinematographers “Spotlight Award”
    • Lol Crawley – Nominated



Protagonist Pictures:  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 OmenThe Childhood of a Leader is an ominous portrait of emerging evil.

Protagonist Updated synopsis September 2015:

An American family settles into the French countryside at the end of the First World War, where the father is involved in the peace negotiations around the Treaty of Versailles. His wife is a devout Christian who struggles with the tantrums of their defiant son, whose willful outbursts begin to demonstrate a monster in the making.

Loosely inspired by the early childhood experiences of many of the great dictators of the 20th Century, The Childhood of a Leader is an ominous portrait of emerging evil.

The film won two major awards when it premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September 2015.

Scope Pictures:

“In 1918, an American family sets up home in France, on the outskirts of Paris.

The father, Robert Lansing, works in the State Department of President Wilson and is very busy with his job, spending little time with his family. He works hard on the negotiations that will lead to a peace agreement.

At home, his very pious wife and young 7-year-old son wait for him. The boy is precocious and a challenge.

The political circumstances of the time lead to the inexorable rise of fascism in Europe, which is the background to the story of this little boy, divided between his beliefs and the political upsets going on around him.

His schemes, insignificant at the outset, become increasingly violent and are the sign of a political commitment of protest.

This makes us the witnesses to the birth of an egocentric personality endowed with an unusual degree of self-love and egotism.

This story draws freely on the childhoods of a good many dictators who left their mark on the 20th century.”

Official Trailer via TriArt Film


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Istanbul Film Festival

Trailers:  Russian (Subtitled) | Japan (subtitled) | Portugal (subtitled)



  • Distributors
    • UAE (Middle East, North Africa & Iran) Front Row Filmed Entertainment [Note: FRFE advised RPAU on 4 June ’16 that there would be no theatrical release of the film]





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