A Prophet enters race
Winner of the Grand Prize at the latest Cannes Film Festival, Jacques Audiard’s A Prophet [+see also:
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Produced by Chic Films, Why Not Productions and Page 114, A Prophet was co-produced by France 2 Cinéma and Italy’s BIM (10% investment), pre-bought by Canal + and Ciné Cinéma, and backed by the Ile-de-France region.
Celluloïd Dreams has sold the film to almost all territories across the world. The UK has already scheduled a release date for January 15 and the Netherlands for February 4, 2010. Launched in French theatres on August 26 by UGC Distribution, A Prophet has garnered 769,000 admissions in three weeks, seeing a drop of only 5% in its third week.
Unveiled at Cannes, the director’s fifth feature includes brilliant performances by Tahar Rahim and Niels Arestrup in the starring roles. It has also been selected for the Telluride, Toronto, San Sebastian and London film festivals.
The selection committee for the French Oscar hopeful included Florence Malraux (president of the advances on receipts committee of the National Film Centre (CNC)), Thierry Frémaux (delegate general of the Cannes Film Festival), Alain Terzian (producer and president of the Cesars Academy), actress Jeanne Moreau and directors Jean-Jacques Annaud, Costa-Gavras and Régis Wargnier.
(Translated from French)
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