A Prophet (Un Prophete)

After making his name on crime dramas set in his native Boston, Dennis Lehane is getting his next bit of inspiration from outside the country. The Shutter Island author has been tapped to write Sony’s English-language remake of A Prophet (a.k.a. Un prophète), Jacques Audiard‘s acclaimed French crime drama. More details on the upcoming film after the jump.

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It had to happen: someone saw mainstream potential in Jacques Audiard‘s magnificent prison/crime drama A Prophet, and has set the film up for a remake at a US studio. Neal H. Mortiz (producer of the Fast/Furious films and stuff like Total Recall and Prison Break) will produce the remake for Sony, which optioned the story. Read More »

One time I inadvertently stole a Milky Way bar. I was at the Drug Fair and I wanted the candy but my mother said no. I got sad and started following her around and she said maybe. So I continued following her around and then next thing you know we were in the car and I had the candy bar but she hadn’t paid for it. Then she yelled at me and told me I could go to jail for that and I started to cry. After that – which happened to coincide with my 25th birthday – I never stole again.

If I was caught, however, I would know what to do, as I’ve seen plenty of movies about prisons. Here are eight that I think are somewhat obscure and deserve your attention. So grab your shiv and let’s go. Read More »

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If a male filmmaker desires to throw up grim truth and reality before the eyes of moviegoers and also swoon critics, many of whom subsist on darker themes, he will at some point consider making a film about war or prison. There are no greater immediate settings for tapping perennial sentiments of a mad world, or for demystifying masculinity by scraping it and reducing it to a primal essence. Unlike the ambitious gangster or mob film, reputable prison dramas tend to feature a protagonist that is closer to us, a person thrown to hell rather than embodying it, nakedly amidst wolves as opposed to running with them. (Ironic, given these characters’ punishments at the hands of society and/or government.)

Engrossing and well-crafted but formulaic and borderline genre-fare, A Prophet is the latest prison film to follow this mold and punch its way creatively outward. Winner of the Grand Prix at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, A Prophet has landed on a number of top 10 lists for 2009; with a domestic release forthcoming, we’ll likely see its inclusion on many of this year’s as well.

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Opening a trailer with a quote comparing the advertised film to The Godfather could be considered the greatest act of hubris in the movie advertising world. Perhaps it’s OK when the film in question is Jacques Audiard‘s A Prophet (Un Prophete), which won the Grand Prix at Cannes this past May, and has been called the favorite film of that festival (not just by the quote shown in the trailer) despite Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon taking the top prize. Since then A Prophet has been frequently heralded as one of the best films of the year.

Sony Pictures Classics picked up the movie for US distribution, and the company has released quite a nice little trailer, which you can see after the break. Read More »

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