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Please Welcome: The Childhood of a Leader, closing film IFFR 2016

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) closes its 45th edition on Saturday 6 February with a screening of The Childhood of a Leader. It promises to be a spectacular musical finale: the film music will be played live during the screening of the film in de Doelen by Codarts Symphony Orchestra. The music is composed and produced by Scott Walker, and co produced, recorded and mixed by Peter Walsh. The orchestra will be conducted by Mark Warman and has a special line-up just for this event. Like last year, following the screening of the film, the festival will close in style with the Closing Night by Warsteiner. 

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

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 Leader is an ambitious feature film debut from actor Brady Corbet. Supported by a stellar cast, he has created a fascinating historical psycho-drama 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."

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.