In the Cinéma Club of… Brady Corbet

Brady Corbet is a director, screenwriter and actor. His first feature The Childhood of a Leader (2015) – starring Bérénice Béjo, Liam Cunningham, Robert Pattinson and Stacy Martin – won both Best Debut Film and Best Director at the Venice Film Festival (Horizons section). His filmography as an actor includes Gregg Araki’s Mysterious Skin (2004), Michael Haneke’s U.S. version of Funny Games (2007), Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011), AntonioCampos’ Simon Killer (2012), Lars von Trier’s Melancholia (2011), Mona Fastvold’s The Sleepwalker (2014). He is currently working on his upcoming feature Vox Lux, about the rise of a pop star from 1999 to the present that he will shoot on 65 mm.


Brady Corbet shares with us five films he loves.

THE DEVIL, PROBABLY, Robert Bresson, 1977

One that changed my way of approaching movies, as a viewer and as a filmmaker. I often recommend films that have an unconventional narrative, such as Tarkovsky’s Andreï Rublev or The Mirror. These are the ones that made me understand cinema differently.

THE PASSENGER, Andrzej Munk, 1963

I just love this film. Nobody has seen it. Whenever I mention it, everyone thinks of the Antonioni one… It’s tragic and disturbing, but also extraordinary for its level of craftsmanship, its impressive camera movements…

POLA X, Leos Carax, 1999

I have a strong affinity for this one. I remember the first time I saw it. It was like a fever dream. I was maybe eleven and had picked it up in a video store in Colorado because of the poster.

DAY OF WRATH, Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1943

Just because it’s Dreyer’s best film.

THE VIRGIN SPRING, Ingmar Bergman, 1960

It's strange, I don't really like the Medieval period however three of my favorite movies take place at that time: this one, Andreï Rublev by Andrei Tarkovsky and Marketa Lazarová by Frantisek Vlácil.