Have you seen A Prophet? If not you simply MUST. It’s an amazing film, one of the best movies of the last few years, and one of the best prison movies of all time. I’ve helpfully linked it below so you can buy it and watch it and love it.
The director of A Prophet is Jacques Audiard (who also directed The Beat My Heart Skipped, which you should also see. But you should see A Prophet first), and he’s got his next movie lined up. It’s going to be an adaptation of Craig Davidson’s short story collection Rust and Bone. Yes, a short story collection. But it’s thematically connected. The synopsis:
In steel-tipped prose, Craig Davidson conjures a savage world populated by fighting dogs, prizefighters, sex addicts, and gamblers. The twenty-seven bones of the title story are the bones in a boxer’s hands; once broken, they never heal properly, and the fighter’s career descends to bouts that have less to do with sport than with survival: no referee, no rules, not even gloves. In “A Mean Utility” we enter an even more desperate arena: dogfights where Rottweilers, pit bulls, and Dobermans fight each other to the death.
Sounds like tough stuff. It shoots this fall in France, and now Marion Cotillard has joined the cast. I don’t know if this will be an Altman-esque Short Cuts thing, with a number of stories tying together or if the stories will be retrofitted into one narrative thread. Audiard gets great performances from his actors, so whatever the structure of the film, I’m sure Cotillard will be amazing in a way she hasn’t been since La Vie En Rose.