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A Prayer Before Dawn

A Prayer Before Dawn

Synopsis

Director



Ambitious amateur boxer and heroin addict Billy Moore suddenly finds himself in one of the most dangerous prisons in the world: the Thai Klong Prem. Very quickly he finds out how much a life is worth in this ’hell of Bangkok’ where mass rape, savage battles and murder are the order of the everyday. The only way out for Billy is to fight his ruthless, tattoo-covered fellow inmates at the regularly held boxing matches.
„A Prayer Before Dawn“ whisks us passed sweaty, trembling bodies and acres of skin on a journey through the claustrophobic corridors of madness.
„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, filmmaker with a visceral understanding of bodily strain and its effect on the psyche.“ – Guy Lodge, Variety




Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire

(b. 1968) was first assistant director on a dozen films between 1991 and 2000, including „Les Nuits Fauves“ by Cyril Collard, „Seul contre tous“ by Gaspar Noé and „Out of Game“ by Karim Dridi. In 2000, he directed his first three short films. In 2008 he directed and co-produced with Mathieu Kassovitz his first full-length fiction feature „Johnny Mad Dog“, which was screened at Cannes Film Festival. „Prayer Before Dawn“ is Sauvaire’s fourth full-length film.

 

Filmography

  • Carlitos Medellin (2004. doc)
  • Johnny Mad Dog (2008)
  • Punk (2012)
  • A Preyer Before Dawn (2017)

Schedule

22.11.2017
19:15 - 21:11
Tallinn, 
Kino Sõprus
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 061702
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25.11.2017
22:00 - 23:56
Tartu, 
Athena keskus
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 092003
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02.12.2017
19:45 - 21:41
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 2
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 160102
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Estonian Olympic Committee Presents
Panorama

Film info

Countries: France, United Kingdom, Thailand
Year: 2017
Duration: 116 minutes
Language: English
Director: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire
Producers: Rita Dagher, Nicholas Simon, Roy Boulter, Sol Papadopoulos
Writers: Johnny Hirschbein, Nick Saltrese
DOP: David Ungaro
Montage: Marc Boucrot
Composer: Nicolas Becker
Cast: Joe Cole, Vithaya Pansringarm, Nicolas Shake
Production: Senorita Films
Distributor: The Festival Agency
Festivals: Cannes, Melbourne, Zurich, London

Synopsis

Director



Ambitious amateur boxer and heroin addict Billy Moore suddenly finds himself in one of the most dangerous prisons in the world: the Thai Klong Prem. Very quickly he finds out how much a life is worth in this ’hell of Bangkok’ where mass rape, savage battles and murder are the order of the everyday. The only way out for Billy is to fight his ruthless, tattoo-covered fellow inmates at the regularly held boxing matches.
„A Prayer Before Dawn“ whisks us passed sweaty, trembling bodies and acres of skin on a journey through the claustrophobic corridors of madness.
„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, filmmaker with a visceral understanding of bodily strain and its effect on the psyche.“ – Guy Lodge, Variety




Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire

(b. 1968) was first assistant director on a dozen films between 1991 and 2000, including „Les Nuits Fauves“ by Cyril Collard, „Seul contre tous“ by Gaspar Noé and „Out of Game“ by Karim Dridi. In 2000, he directed his first three short films. In 2008 he directed and co-produced with Mathieu Kassovitz his first full-length fiction feature „Johnny Mad Dog“, which was screened at Cannes Film Festival. „Prayer Before Dawn“ is Sauvaire’s fourth full-length film.

 

Filmography

  • Carlitos Medellin (2004. doc)
  • Johnny Mad Dog (2008)
  • Punk (2012)
  • A Preyer Before Dawn (2017)