Posted October 13, 2015
By JBFC Board Member Jonathan Demme
In my many years of involvement with the Burns, I have never been more excited about an upcoming JBFC screening than I amÂ about our October 25th screening of 27-year-old Brady Corbetâ€™s mind-blowing directorial debut, The Childhood of a Leader.
When I try to trace my way back to other first films that provide the kind of thrilling and unbridled cinematics that define The Childhood of a Leader, I keep slamming into an American debut film from the 40s, directed by a then 25-year-old fledgling filmmaker named Welles. Â There, I said it.
I encounteredÂ Childhood at the Venice International Film Festival last month, where I was honored to be part of the Orizzonti (â€œhorizons,” as in future-looking) section of the festival. Â Happily, we had more terrific pictures in our section than we had prizes toÂ award. The ChildhoodÂ of a Leader easily claimed Best Director for Brady Corbet in Orizzonti.Â Â Featuring a boldly superb score by Scott Walker, Childhood also copped the prestigious prize awarded by the Venice Opera Primo juryâ€”those tasked with honoringÂ the best first film from the full line-up of the festival.
There are JBFC screening dates in the works for the three other killerÂ Orizzonti entries that won major prizes: Boi Neon (The Neon Bull) from Brazil, Tempete (The Storm) from France, and the stunning grand-prize winner, Free at Last, based on an actual incident that occurred in the midst of the evangelical church movement in Memphis, Tennessee,Â addressingÂ issues of mental health, poverty, mystical faith-basedÂ healing, andÂ exorcismsÂ . Â
Like The Childhood of a Leader, these other titles are brand new pictures, all produced â€œoutside the systemâ€ and all currently in discussion with possible distributors for 2016 releasesâ€”but weâ€™ll be seeing these extraordinary films in Pleasantville long before they open in New York and Los Angeles thanksÂ to the tirelessly long arms of the ingenious JBFC bookers.
Please come Sunday, October 25 at 5:00 pm for a serious â€œground floorâ€ cinematic experience with our showing of Brady Corbetâ€™s dazzling and exquisitely original The Childhood of a Leader.Â TicketsÂ are on sale now!