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Boxing drama, A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN, gets first trailer

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The first trailer for Thailand prison drama A Prayer Before Dawn has surfaced before the film's 2018 release. The movie was directed by Jean-Stephane Sauvaire and is distributed by A24, the American independent company behind projects such as Moonlight, The Witch, The Lobster, Spring Breakers and Under the Skin.

A Prayer Before Dawn tells the story of Billy Moore (Joe Cole of Peaky Blinders), a young English boxer incarcerated in two of Thailand’s most notorious prisons, a world of drugs and gang violence. Prison authorities allow Moore to take part in the Muay Thai boxing tournaments, providing him hope that he might get out. A Prayer Before Dawn chronicles his savage efforts to get through each fight and win his freedom. The movie was shot in an actual Thai prison with a cast primarily of real inmates.

Producers are Rita Dagher, Nicholas Simon and Hurricane Films’ Sol Papdopoulos and Roy Boulter. Executive producers are Meridian Entertainment’s Jennifer Dong and Figo Li along with James Schamus. Meridian Entertainment financed the film through its production deal with Schamus’s Symbolic Exchange. The script was written by Jonathan Hirschbein, based on a prior draft by Nick Saltrese, and also stars Vithaya Pansringarm and Panya Yimmumphai. (via Deadline)

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"An international bestseller in 2014, Moore’s “A Prayer Before Dawn: A Nightmare in Thailand” is the kind of redemptive misery memoir that could easily have invited more lurid or mawkish mainstream film treatment. Moore (who appears briefly on screen as his own father) should be glad his book landed in the hands of Sauvaire. A filmmaker with a visceral understanding of bodily strain and its effect on the psyche, he’s been in need of material to serve it, after 2012’s made-for-TV adolescent drama “Punk” failed to build on “Johnny Mad Dog’s” exhilarating promise. Here, screenwriters Jonathan Hirschbein and Nick Saltrese (a veteran of British soaps and TV procedurals), have stripped Moore’s story down to its bare, battered bones, affording the director (and cinematographer David Ungaro) maximum room for sensualist corporeal examination. [...] Special mention must go to fight choreographer David Ismalone, who gets queasily authentic results from the ensemble — not least Cole, whose stony physical endurance is only the most superficially impressive aspect of a performance that must at times convey a lot of psychic pain beneath still, stoic waters, before letting it all roar out of him. An auspicious presence in TV’s “Peaky Blinders,” as well as smaller roles in films like “Green Room” and “The Falling,” the Londoner announces himself here as a leading man of sturdy conviction and considerable daring — though it’s hard to imagine what future vehicles will put him through the wringer quite like this one." (Variety)

"Lying just on the cusp between stylized arthouse exoticism and pulpy genre thrill ride, Thai-prison-set boxing movie A Prayer Before Dawn is exactly the sort of film one would expect in a midnight slot at a festival. Lo and behold, that’s exactly where it’s premiering, as a special screening in the official selection at Cannes. French director Jean-Stephane Sauvaire’s third feature (his second was the made-for-TV Punk) shares a lot of aesthetic and thematic DNA with his previous work, especially his dazzling, disturbing study of African child soldiers Johnny Mad Dog from 2008. Like Johnny, Prayer dwells with almost swooning rapture on the bodies of young men as they mete out brutal violence on one another, and features a cast composed mostly of unknowns, impressively coached in order to deliver arresting turns onscreen." (The Hollywood Reporter)

"A Prayer Before Dawn is playing as one of Cannes midnight screenings, the graveyard slot where the organisers like to send rough-hewn interlopers, deemed unfit for polite company. Chances are the film is going to fit in very nicely. No one would accuse it of breaking new ground, or finding fascinating new paths across its well-worn prison yard. But Sauvaire’s drama is lean and trim and unwavering in its task. You know its moves; you can see it coming. But when the punches are thrown, they rock you back on your heels." (The Guardian)

A Prayer Before Dawn will be in cinemas in 2018, the exact date has yet to be released. We will keep you posted. Meanwhile, check out the trailer below.

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Tags:   news, trailer, film news, A Prayer Before Dawn

Related:   Peaky Blinders, Under the Skin, Moonlight


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