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by Jacques Audiard


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...

international title: A Prophet
original title: Un prophète
country: France
sales agent: Celluloid Dreams
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Jacques Audiard
film run: 146'
release date: BE 26/08/2009, FR 26/08/2009, HU 12/11/2009, PT 31/12/2009, GB 22/01/2010, NL 04/02/2010, ES 26/02/2010, DE 11/03/2010, IT 19/03/2010, FI 19/03/2010
screenplay: Thomas Bidegain, Jacques Audiard, Abdel Raouf Dafri, Nicolas Peufaillit
cast: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Reda Kateb, Hichem Yacoubi
cinematography by: Stéphane Fontaine
film editing: Juliette Welfling
art director: Michel Barthélémy
music: Alexandre Desplat
production: Chic Films, Why Not Productions, France 3 Cinéma, BIM, Page 114
backing: Canal + , Ciné Cinéma, Ile-de-France
distributor: UGC Distribution, Abc Distribution, Atalanta Filmes, StudioCanal, Cinemien, Sony Pictures Releasing Germany, Bim Distribuzione, Szuez Film


main awards/selection

European Film Awards 2009Best European Actor - Tahar Rahim, Prix d’Excellence for the Sound Design
Cannes 2009Official Selection, Grand Prize

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