COAL Screening at the 12th Annual Dubai International Film Festival


Images courtesy of DIFF

As they announced the stellar movie lineup for this year’s ‘Cinema of the World‘ program, the Dubai International Film Festival shared this decidedly creepy movie poster for Brady Corbet’s Childhood of a Leader.  The program is scheduled to be presented from December 9th to the 16th, and will showcase the very best talents from all over the world. ‘Cinema of the World’ covers an array of genres from some of the most prestigious filmmakers in the industry, and will undoubtedly captivate audiences and take them on an unforgettable journey across cultures and perspectives.

The chilling feature debut ‘The Childhood of a Leader’ from director Brady Corbet, starring Liam Cunningham and Robert Pattinson is an unsettling portrait of emerging evil. Set in France in 1918, the film tells the tale of the terrifying influence of fascism in an unsure world. After witnessing his father help shape the Treaty of Versailles, ‘The Childhood of a Leader’ follows a young boy’s chilling rise from impressionable child to the cruel and calculating leader he will become.


American actor Brady Corbet debuts as a writer/director with this dense, complex and intriguing historical psychodrama all set against the backdrop of the 1919 Paris peace conference that led to the Treaty of Versailles. An apparently angelic boy’s increasing tantrums are an indicator for the rise of fascism in this elusively structured and impressively dark story, which is beautifully shot and punctuated by striking performances from a fine cast, that includes Robert Pattinson, Berenice Bejo, Liam Cunningham and Stacy Martin. Corbet’s debut film is a self-aware and often allusive experience that is challenging and thought-provoking, and marks him out as a directing talent to watch.


Director : Brady Corbet
Screenplay : Brady Corbet, Mona Fastvold
Cinematographer : Lol Crawley
Editor : David Jancso
Composer : Scott Walker
Cast : Robert Pattinson, Berenice Bejo, Liam Cunningham, Stacy Martin, Yolande Moreau