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James Franco's minimalist 'Child of God' teaser aims for intensity

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Child Of God

The literary works of Cormac McCarthy represent an extremely high degree of difficulty for Hollywood filmmakers. For sure, the Coen brothers passed the test with the Oscar-winning No Country for Old Men, but All the Pretty Horses nearly killed director Billy Bob Thornton and The Road delves deeper into the post-apocalyptic grime than the heart and mind of Viggo Mortensen’s physically decaying father. But such creative challenges were made for James Franco, who adapted and directs McCarthy’s Child of God, which premieres at the Venice Film Festival this weekend before screening in Toronto.

In the first teaser, the voice of Tim Blake Nelson introduces us to Lester Ballard (Scott Haze), a murdering Tennessee necrophiliac who’s clearly mastered the Kubrick Glare.