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Child Of God is continuing its roll out over the fall festival circuit after the announcement that the film has been officially selected as part of the 2013 Austin Film Festival.

The film starring Scott Haze and directed by James Franco had its World Premiere last month at the 70th Venice Film Festival and had its North American premiere earlier this month at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. It is also slated to have its New York premiere at the 51st New York Film Festival on September 29th.

The official synopsis for Child of God, which is based on Pulitzer winning author Cormac McCarthy’s novel, reads:

“Set in mountainous Sevier County, Tennessee in the 1960s, Child of God tells the story of Lester Ballard, a dispossessed, violent man whom the narrator describes as “a child of God much like yourself perhaps.” Ballard’s life is a disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order. Deprived of both his parents and a home, and with few other ties, Ballard descends to the level of a cave dweller, falling deeper into crime and degradation”

Child Of God also stars Tim Blake Nelson and Jim Parrack. The Austin Film Festival runs from October 24th to 31st.

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On August 31st Child of God had its world premiere in official competition at the 70th Venice Film Festival to incredibly positive reviews, especially for the films star Scott Haze.

Haze, who’s performance as Lester Ballard, has been compared to the likes of Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle in Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, received a standing ovation for his harrowing performance.

The Hollywood Reporter, wrote:

“Child of God is dominated by Scott Haze’s fearless performance, a theatricalized fusillade of full-throttle feral craziness loaded with blood, snot, spit, shit and bile.”

The Guardian, who gave the film a four star review wrote:

“Child of God showcases a jaw-dropping turn from Scott Haze as Lester Ballard, a feral pariah who rails at his oppressors”

Hey You Guys UK and Cine-Vue, who both also gave four star reviews, respectively, said:

“Scott Haze puts in a phenomenal performance as the damaged and feral Lester… this is an exciting, mesmerising and terrifying film”

And

“Ballard is God’s lonely man – a rustic Travis Bickle – and on-screen Haze gives an astonishing and brave performance of wildness and despair gone feral.”

These are just some of the fantastic reviews the film has received since its Venice Premiere.

Child Of God star Scott Haze, and director James Franco, also participated in a press conference ahead of the Venice premiere. The videos from the press conference and interviews, can been seen below.

Also a batch of photos have been released from the red carpet and photo call for the film, featuring both Franco and Haze, which can be found below.

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Today, the first teaser for Child Of God, directed by James Franco and starring Scott Haze was released, just before the films World Premiere. This is the first footage that has been released from the film.

The official synopsis for Child of God, which is based on Pulitzer winning author Cormac McCarthy’s novel, reads:

“Set in mountainous Sevier County, Tennessee in the 1960s, Child of God tells the story of Lester Ballard, a dispossessed, violent man whom the narrator describes as “a child of God much like yourself perhaps.” Ballard’s life is a disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order. Deprived of both his parents and a home, and with few other ties, Ballard descends to the level of a cave dweller, falling deeper into crime and degradation”

Child Of God, which also stars Tim Blake Nelson and Jim Parrack, is set to have its World Premiere this weekend on August 31st in official competiton at the 70th Venice Film Festival. We can also confirm that star Scott Haze and director James Franco will attend the films premiere in Venice.

Child Of God will have its North American premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival next month and has also been official selected as part of the New York Film Festival, which runs from September 27th to October 13th.

Please check out the teaser below.

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Child of God starring Scott Haze and directed by James Franco is an official selection of the 51st New York Film Festival. This news comes after annoucements that the film will make its world premiere at the 70th Venice Film Festival on August 31st and its North American premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival this September.

A brief of Child of God was released by The New York Film Festival, which reads:

“James Franco’s uncompromising excursion into American Gothic, adapted from Cormac McCarthy’s 1973 novel, about an unstable sociopath in early 60s rural Tennessee who descends into an animal-like state – not for the faint-hearted.”

The official synopsis for Child of God, which is based on Pulitzer winning author Cormac McCarthy’s novel, reads:

“Set in mountainous Sevier County, Tennessee in the 1960s, Child of God tells the story of Lester Ballard, a dispossessed, violent man whom the narrator describes as “a child of God much like yourself perhaps.” Ballard’s life is a disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order. Deprived of both his parents and a home, and with few other ties, Ballard descends to the level of a cave dweller, falling deeper into crime and degradation”

Child Of God also stars Tim Blake Nelson and Jim Parrack. The New York FIlm Festival runs from September 27th to October 13th.

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It has been announced that Child Of God, directed by James Franco and starring Scott Haze is an official selection of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. This will be the film’s North American premiere.

Child Of God has been selected to participate in the festival’s category of Special Presentation, alongside Kevin Macdonald’s How I Live Now, Sean Durkin’s Southcliffe and many more.

The official synopsis for Child Of God, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy, reads:

“Set in mountainous Sevier County, Tennessee in the 1960s, Child of God tells the story of Lester Ballard, a dispossessed, violent man whom the narrator describes as “a child of God much like yourself perhaps.” Ballard’s life is a disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order. Deprived of both his parents and a home, and with few other ties, Ballard descends to the level of a cave dweller, falling deeper into crime and degradation.”

We also have two new pictures of Scott Haze, as the ostracised Lester Ballard, below.

Child Of God also stars Tim Blake Nelson and Jim Parrack, and will have its world premiere at The Venice Film Festival on August 31st, before making its way to The Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from September 5th to 15th.

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September 15th, 2011

At the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, while promoting Idaho, a multi-media arts piece about the film My Own Private Idaho, James Franco is asked a question in a 45 minute Q&A, about whether or not the rumours where true that he was infact going to be adaptating Cormac McCarthy’s critically acclaimed novel, Blood Meridian, to film. Franco respondes:

“We shot a 20 minute test of it (Blood Meridian) that turned out pretty well… we were gearing up to do the feature but that for various reasons it’s on hold, but we are going to make a movie based on his (Cormac McCarthy’s) third book Child Of God.”

That is the first official announcement that James Franco was going to be adapting Child of God to film.

October, 2011

Scott Haze moves to a secluded cabin the woods of  Sevier County, Tennessee, to prepare for the role of Lester Ballard, before principle photography begins.

January 25th, 2012

Four mouths after the announcement of Child Of God, it is officially announced that the coveted role of the films protagonist Lester Ballard had been filled by actor Scott Haze. Furthermore it was announced that Tim Blake Nelson and Jim Parrack had signed on to play the parts of Sheriff Fate and Deputy Cotton, respectively, and that the film would begin principle photography in less than a week, in West Virginia.

February 12, 2012

Just around the time production on the Child Of God was wrapping up, the first set photos from the film arise. These photos including our first look at Scott Haze as Lester Ballard.

February – September, 2012

James Franco releases (via his website jamesfrancotv.com) an 18 episode series of behind the scenes footage from the set of Child Of God.

March 18th, 2013

The cast and crew of Child Of God sceen Child Of God for the first time. Cast and crew flocked to social media spreading brilliant reports from the first scening, espically for the star Scott Haze. Haze co-star Jim Parrack tweeted:

“So proud of Scott Haze …. Just saw my brother do the kind of acting reserved only for my heroes #childofgod”

July 25th, 2013

Child Of God is announced as part of the official competition at the 70th Venice Film Festival, which is set to run from August 28th to September 7th, 2013.

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It has been announced that Child Of God, directed by James Franco and starring Scott Haze, Tim Blake Nelson and Jim Parrack will have it’s world premiere at the 70th Venice Film Festival this September.

The film, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy, has been selected to participate in official competition in the festival.

For those unfamiliar with the story, the plot outline for Child Of God reads:

“Set in mountainous Sevier County, Tennessee, in the 1960s, Child of God tells the story of Lester Ballard (Scott Haze), a dispossessed, violent man whom the narrator describes as “a child of God much like yourself perhaps.” Ballard’s life is a disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order. Successively deprived of parents and homes and with few other ties, Ballard descends literally and figuratively to the level of a cave dweller as he falls deeper into crime and degradation.”

The film marks the second feature film collaboration between James Franco and Scott Haze. The pair previously worked on the film As I Lay Dying, where Haze played the seedy drug store clerk Skeet MacGowan, which premiere at this years Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard Section.

Franco and Haze also collaborated on the upcoming film Bukowski, about the formative years of the writer Charles Bukowski.

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