We all know the last time James Franco took a nap was during the 2011 Oscars, and in the time since, he has attempted to tackle just about every aspect of the arts world. So after premiering his documentary Interior. Leather Bar at Sundance this winter and the Faulkner adaptation As I Lay Dying at Cannes in May, we’ve now got a taste of his next feature that’s set to premiere at Venice and TIFF in the coming weeks. Franco’s Child of God, adapted from Cormac McCarthy’s third novel of the same title is:
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.