Film Tuesday: “A Prophet” (2009)


The film for Tuesday, 12 November will be “A Prophet” (“Un prophète”) (2009). A French petty criminal of Algerian background is sentenced to prison. Barely literate upon arrival, he works his way through the hierarchy of organized crime in the prison. Director Jacques Audiard made the film from an original screenplay. It explores contemporary social conflicts, but most have found it also to be a compelling and watchable crime story. The film won the BAFTA and the Grand Prize at Cannes, and was nominated for an Academy Award.