Nenagh Arts Centre presents Oscar nominated ‘A Prophet’

Tahar Rahim as Malik in ‘A Prophet’

Tahar Rahim as Malik in ‘A Prophet’

Nenagh Arts Centre begins its season of foreign films with the 2010 Oscar hopeful ‘A Prophet’ at 8 p.m. on next Thursday, November 4th in the Town Hall in Banba Square, Nenagh.

The film is a powerful prison-gangster picture from ‘The Beat That My Heart Skipped’ director Jacques Audiard.

Looking like a modern classic from the outset, the film hits a confident stride early on. The story follows petty criminal Malik (Tahar Rahim), a nineteen year-old Arab man who is beginning a six year term in prison in France.  Cesar, a Corsican mobster also doing time, sensing the fragile nature of the young man and offers him jobs or “missions” within the prison –  the violence of these tending to toughen Malik up over time. Finally Cesar makes him a new and terrifying offer: kill another prisoner or by refusing, be killed himself.

Malik’s decision has the power to alienate him from his own kind, the Arab gangsters and to fall fully under the protection of the Corsican leader. This choice leads him on a terrible path, that will force him to bring together all his cunning for survival and to confront his very identity.

Director Audiard has commented on the social aspects of the film saying the film aims at “creating icons, images for people who don’t have images in movies, like the Arabs in France.” The film was a nominee for Best Foreign Language Film at the 82nd Academy Awards, in 2010 and won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009.

The film has subtitles. Tickets at €6 can be booked on 067 34900 or at the Arts Centre reception.

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