After winning two awards at the Venice Film Festival last year (Best First Film and Best Director in the Horizons section), Brady Corbet’s striking “The Childhood of a Leader” is now in theaters. Le CiNéMa Club is celebrating that release by screening the actor-turned-filmmaker’s short film “Protect You + Me,” which he wrote and directed when he was 18.
Darius Khondji (“Alien: Resurrection,” “Midnight in Paris,” “The Immigrant”) shot the film on 35mm; he and Corbet also worked together on Michael Haneke’s English-language remake of his own “Funny Games.” “Protect You + Me” won an honorable mention at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009. Here’s the 11-minute short’s synopsis: “The reminder of a long forgotten event, combined with a challenging situation, provokes a man to extreme reaction while at a dinner with his mother.”
Corbet has been nearly ubiquitous on the festival circuit in recent years, with appearances in films like “Clouds of Sils Maria,” “Eden,” “Force Majeure” and “Saint Laurent.” As evidenced by “The Childhood of a Leader,” he’s clearly learned a thing or two from the vaunted auteurs he’s worked with. Watch “Protect You + Me” here.