Sun 27.11.2016 / 17:15 / Annis, 2nd floor

THE CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER / Brady Corbet  / 2015 /United Kingdom/France/Hungary / 113 min


English and French, English subtitles


This chilling fable about the rise of authoritarianism in the 20th Century tells the story of a young boy living in France in 1918 whose father is working for Woodrow Wilson’s US government on the creation of the Treaty of Versailles. What he witnesses helps to mold his beliefs – and we witness the birth of a terrifying ego. The film that has been described as a historical mystery-drama, is loosely based on a short story Childhood of a Leader by Jean-Paul Sartre that was published in his

The story is an amalgamation of ubiquitous reference to literary fictions, as well as historical documentation of the events leading up to the signing of the notoriously flawed Treaty of Versailles, and the Interwar period between 1918 and 1939 that it ominously set the stage for.  The young protagonist (played by Tom Sweet) isn’t merely present for these events; he seems somehow to be metaphysically linked to them, possessed by the notions of the era.” – Brady Corbet

The breathtaking score of the film is composed by Scott Walker.