6 January 2016


By otm

Spectacular Closing IFFR 2016:
The Childhood of a Leader

a coproduction between IFFR, de Doelen and
Codarts Symphony Orchestra

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) closes its 45th edition on Saturday
6 February with a screening of
Childhood of a Leader
. It promises to be a spectacular musical
finale: the film music by American singer-songwriter Scott Walker will be
played live during the screening of the film in de Doelen by Codarts Symphony
Orchestra, led by Mark Warman. The orchestra will also have a special line-up
just for this event, featuring a number of guest musicians from England who performed
on the original soundtrack. Like last year, following the screening of the film,
festival will close in style with
Closing Night by Warsteiner.

In The Childhood of a Leader, an American family relocate to the
French countryside at the end of World War I, where the father is involved in
drawing up the Treaty of Versailles. His wife, a pious Christian, is struggling
with the eruptions of rage from their rebellious young son, whose deliberate outbursts
are starting to hint at a monster in the making. The cast of this debut film by
actor Brady Corbet features Robert Pattinson (Maps to the Stars),
Stacy Martin (Nymphomaniac), Bérénice Bejo (The Artist) and
Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones).

IFFR festival director Bero
Beyer: “The Childhood of a Leaderis an ambitious feature film
debut from actor Brady Corbet. Supported by a stellar cast, he has created a fascinating
historical psychodrama about a young boy, representing the whole of Europe
after World War I. The film is embellished by a magnificent orchestral
soundtrack from Scott Walker, who has adapted the music specially for this
screening. The unique combination of a complete symphony orchestra with a
poignant feature film on our European history as a closing event at IFFR is truly
exceptional. We are extremely grateful and happy to be able to participate in
this incredible co-creation by offering this event a large podium, and by welcoming
the international cast and crew to Rotterdam.”

Neil Wallace, programme director
de Doelen: “De Doelen has previously undertaken several live to screen projects
with an orchestra, but this spectacular, overwhelming score for Scott Walker’s
amplified symphony orchestra under Mark Warman will ensure this event is a real
happening. All of my colleagues in de Doelen are looking forward immensely to
this very special cooperation.”

Wilma Franchimon, chair of the
board of Codarts: “Codarts’s vision, ‘Talents become artists!’, was never more applicable
than to this project. This is a great opportunity for Codarts students to work
together and to learn from a fantastic project in which film, theatre and music
are brought together. We are very proud that the students are being given this
opportunity by IFFR.”

The closing night of IFFR 2016
is being realised in cooperation with Protagonist Pictures, de Doelen and
Codarts Symphony Orchestra, and is made possible thanks to the Municipality of Rotterdam
and Rotterdam Festivals.

four decades, IFFR has proudly developed and presented auteur cinema by helping
filmmakers reach the broadest possible audiences. The festival is known around
the world for its individual, innovative programming, with particular attention
to talented new filmmakers. Quality films from all over the world are presented
in Rotterdam to a large, international audience with the aim of inspiring and
broadening horizons.

is one of the biggest cultural events in the Netherlands, and one of the
biggest audience-oriented film festivals in the world. The 45th IFFR will take
place from Wednesday 27 January to Sunday 7 February 2016. For twelve days, the
latest feature films, documentaries, short films, exhibitions, performances,
talkshows and debates make Rotterdam an exciting, global capital city of film.
Official ticket sales start on Friday 22 January. Tickets for the closing night
are already available from IFFR.com/closing. For more information, see IFFR.com.

Source: https://iffr.com/en/blog/please-welcome-the-childhood-of-a-leader-closing-film-iffr-2016