A Prophet

a JACQUES AUDIARD picture

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Title

A Prophet

Director

Jacques Audiard

Producer

Pascal Caucheteux, Marco Cherqui, Grégoire Sorlat

Nationality

France

Year

2009

Duration

154'

Language

French, Arabic, Corsican

Format

5.1

Ratio

1.85 : 1

Original Title

Un prophète

Synopsis

Synopsis


Condemned to six years in prison, Malik El Djebena cannot read nor write. Arriving at the jail entirely alone, he appears younger and more fragile than the other convicts. He is 19 years old. Cornered by the leader of the Corsican gang who rules the prison, he is given a number of “missions” to carry out, toughening him up and gaining the gang leader’s confidence in the process. But Malik is brave and a fast learner, daring to secretly develop his own plans…

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Press

"A masterpiece, Un Prophete has the ambition, purity of vision and clarity of purpose to make it an instant classic. With seamless and imaginative story-telling, superb performances and universal themes, Jacques Audiard has made a perfect film."

ANJELICA HUSTON, JURY CHAIR LONDON IFF

"The film shows Audiard to be the biggest beast in new French cinema."

THE GUARDIAN

"Audiard reaches a new level with this impeccably modulated prison drama. This is exhilarating filmmaking, a movie which instantly takes its place alongside the greats of the crime movie genre."

THE TIMES

"A Prophet is an astonishingly detailed crime drama that could end up being this year’s Gomorra, but although it’s arguably more accessible."

EMPIRE MAGAZINE

"A smart, stylishly-directed and compulsively watchable thriller."

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

"A Prophet is a compelling, forceful drama."

TOTAL FILM

"A Prophet works both as hard-edged, painstaking detailed social realism and as a compelling genre entertainment."

SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

"French master Jacques Audiard has challenged the thus-far mostly middling Cannes competition with a powerful prison drama that’s an old-fashioned Bildungsroman in in-your-face, intensely realistic disguise."

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

"‘A Prophet’ is never less than believable, thoughtful and, although very uncomfortable at points, incredibly entertaining."

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Festivals
& Awards

Cannes International Film Festival
Grand Prize Winner

Toronto International Film Festival

Academy Awards Nominee for
Best Foreign Language Film

Golden Globe Nominee for
Best Foreign Language Film

European Film Awards 2009
Tahar Rahim – Best European Actor

César
Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor

London FF
Winner Inaugural Best Film Award

Neuchâtel Film Festival
Best Foreign Language Film

Seville Film Festival
Audience Award

BAFTA
Best Foreign Language Film Award

Austin Film Critics Association
Best Foreign Language Film

Chicago Film Critics Association
Best Foreign Language Film

Cast & Crew

Tahar Rahim
Niels Arestrup
Adel Bencherif
Reda Kateb
Hichem Yacoubi
Jean-Philippe Ricci
Gilles Cohen
Pierre Leccia
Antoine Basler
Foued Nassah
Jean-Emmanuel Pagni
Frédéric Graziani
Director Jacques Audiard
Based on an original idea by Abdel Raouf Dafri
Screenplay Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain
After an original screenplay by Abdel Raouf Dafri, Nicolas Peufaillit
Director of Photography Stéphane Fontaine
Sound Brigitte Taillandier
Décors Michel Barthélémy
Costumes Virginie Montel
Editing Juliette Welfling
Original score Alexandre Desplat
Production Why Not Productions, Chic Films, Page 114
France 2 Cinéma, UGC, Celluloid Dreams

Releases

US - Sony Pictures Classics

26.02.2010

France - UGC Distribution

26.08.2009

Belgium - Cinemien

26.08.2009

Italy - BIM Distribuzione

19.03.2010

UK - Optimum Releasing

01.10.2010

Poland - Syrena Films

21.05.2010