Un Prophète

(France/Italy, 2009, 149 minutes)

Condemned to six years in jail, a young, illiterate small-time crook of Algerian ascent rises through the ranks to become a criminal kingpin. Taut, intense thriller that cleverly hides a coming-of-age story and a character study under the conventions of the prison movie, impressively sustained by a strong leading performance from a virtual unknown actor.

A UGC release (in France). Chic Films, Page 114, Why Not Productions present a Why Not Productions/Chic Films/Page 114/France 2 Cinéma/UGC Images/Bim Distribuzione/Celluloid Dreams co-production; with the participation of France 2, Canal Plus, Cinécinéma; with the support of Région Île-de-France, Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur in partnership with Centre National de la Cinématographie; in association with Sofica UGC 1, Sofica Soficinéma 4, Sofica Soficinéma 5.
Starring 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.
Directed by Jacques Audiard; screenplay by Thomas Bidegain and Jacques Audiard, based on an original screenplay by Abdel Raouf Dafri and Nicolas Peufaillit and on a story by Abdel Raouf Dafri; music by Alexandre Desplat; director of photography (Eclair), Stéphane Fontaine; production designer, Michel Barthélémy; costume designer, Virginie Montel; film editor, Juliette Welfling.


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